Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has today opened up on the key role played by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his decision to join the club.
On the back of weeks of rampant speculation, Portuguese midfielder Fernandes’ move to Old Trafford was finally made official late in January.
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having been desperate to add a touch of much-needed creativity to his side’s midfield, the United board eventually agreed to fork out the hefty sum demanded by Sporting CP for their talisman.
The Manchester giants struck a deal which could eventually reach €80 million, with Fernandes having put pen-to-paper on a 5-and-a-half-year contract at Old Trafford.
Fernandes has since gone on to notch 9 appearances for the Red Devils, with it already evident the type of long-overdue spark set to be introduced to the club’s midfield by his arrival.
The 25-year-old has directly contributed to 7 goals in his 9 outings thus far, amid a string of superb displays.
In fact, so impressive has the Portuguese international looked to this point, that he was recently named the Premier League Player of the Month for February:
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‘I need you, I want you’
Fernandes’ explosive start to life in England has, of course, since been brought to a halt by the outbreak of COVID-19, with Manchester United having now gone almost a full month without taking to the pitch.
This, though, has not stopped the midfield maestro from continuing to endear himself to his new club’s fanbase.
This week, Fernandes took part in a Q&A with the Red Devils’ faithful, through the club’s official website.
A host of topics were discussed, one of which saw the 25-year-old admit that lining out in the colours of United had been a ‘dream’ since he was a youngster:
‘Joining Manchester United was so easy because since I was a kid, it was a dream, so for me, doing this step, a big step to the Premier League to Manchester United was perfect.’
Perhaps the most interesting answer put forth by Fernandes over the course of the Q&A, though, surrounded new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
When asked for the key reason behind his eventual decision to make the move to Old Trafford, the Portuguese cited Solskjaer’s ‘confidence’ in his abilities:
‘For me, the most important was obviously the confidence of the coach.’
‘I need to know I am backed from the coach, because sometimes when you change club, not every time the coach wants you.’
‘Not like I need to come because the coach wants me to play, no, not like this, but I want to feel the confidence from the coach. You come, you are a choice for me and you come. I need you, I want you, it’s not like you come and I ask but I will play?’
‘No, this for me is not the point. For me, the point is the confidence he has in me. If he has confidence in me, then the rest is working.’
‘I need to work to conquer my place, to play, to keep going with games and games and games.’
This article was edited by Josh Barker.