Man United boss Solskjaer: Bruno Fernandes ‘like Scholes, but different off the pitch’

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has this afternoon likened January signing Bruno Fernandes to club legend Paul Scholes.

Fernandes joins United

On the back of weeks of rampant speculation, Portuguese midfielder Fernandes’ move to Old Trafford was finally made official late last month.

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.

‘Reminds me of Scholesy’

Fernandes has since gone on to notch 4 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.

This influence was on full display this afternoon, as Fernandes starred with a goal and assist during a comfortable 3-0 Premier League win over Watford.

 

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Speaking ahead of his side’s victory over the Hornets, meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for his latest midfield recruit.

During a press conference, the United boss likened Fernandes to a former teammate of his at Old Trafford, in the form of club legend Paul Scholes:

‘He reminds me of Scholesy as a player.’

However, Solskjaer was also quick to highlight a key difference between the pair, with Fernandes seemingly a much more talkative and influential contributor in the dressing room:

‘But definitely a different type of personality off the pitch.’

‘Against Club Brugge, when he’s on the bench, he walks around, he speaks to the players who start, he helps them, he gives them points.’

‘And the 10 minutes he played you could see that there’s a difference in our team.’

Solskjaer continued:

‘He’s another conductor and leader and winner. He wants to win. He doesn’t take 99 per cent as good enough and he’s impressed me.’

‘That’s something you see when you watch him but you don’t know about until you have him in your group. He’s been top class.’

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