- Bruno Fernandes joined Man United in January and became an instant hit
- The 25-year-old has scored eight goals and eight assists in 16 games so far this season
- Red Devils boss Solksjaer reveals he contacted Ronaldo before making the move
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he contacted Cristiano Ronaldo before signing Bruno Fernandes.
The 25-year-old midfielder joined the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020 and became an instant hit for the club.
He has scored eight goals and eight assists in 16 appearances despite moving to Old Trafford mid-way through the 2019-20 season.
Fernandes has also won the Premier League player of the month twice - in February and June, while winning the goal of the month once.
His presence in the team alongside a few others has helped the team contend for the European competition qualification spot this season.
Solskjaer admits that just watching the Portugal international is enough to understand his qualities, while United legend Ronaldo also gave Fernandes a glowing review which proved key.
"We’ve got the chief scouts who do all the scouting, we’ve got the analysts who analyse and break everything down to the minutest detail.
"But you can see that with your eye really what talent and quality you’ve got," Solskjaer told the High-Performance Podcast.
"Then you speak to teammates, who maybe play with them in the national team. So obviously Cristiano was an easy goal for me.
"I managed to get through Patrice Evra, I managed to get hold of Cristiano and his recommendation obviously stands him [Fernandes] in good stead."
After his superb showing since his arrival in January, Solskjaer is impressed with the way the midfielder has embraced the culture at Old Trafford.
"He’s got the talent, of course. You can see the quality is there and we’ve seen that for a long time," added the United manager.
"But then again he steps up when it matters and he does it when it matters. He’s delivered crosses, he’s delivered assists, scored goals, he’s taken penalties, he’s done everything in a short space off time that you’d expect.
"Off the field, as well as in training he demands off me, he demands off his teammates. And the first day at the club he shook everyone’s hand. He didn’t come in here thinking, 'I’m the big shot, you follow me’. No, he shook absolutely every staff member’s hand.
"This is a family, Manchester United has always been a family. Sir Alex, the way he’s created this atmosphere at the training ground, I think it’s unique."
Legit.ng earlier reported that Bruno Fernandes followed the footpath of his teammate in the Portuguese national team, Cristiano Ronaldo, by joining English Premier League club Manchester United.
The 25-year-old switched to the Old Trafford club from Sporting Lisbon in January and has once again said Ronaldo is the best player in the world having a slight edge over Argentina’s Lionel Messi, adding that he never saw Pele play.
Fernandes has been quite impressive since his arrival at the Old Trafford club scoring four goals and making another four assists.