Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Bruno Fernandes’ impact Manchester United and says the midfielder has brought a unique quality to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. The Portugal international immediately established himself as United’s key man in midfield following his £47m move from Sporting last year. Fernandes, who has scored 40 goals and registered 25 assists in 79 appearances for United, was crowned the club’s Player of the Year earlier this week. And Ferguson believes the 26-year-old’s distribution in the final third is what United have ‘really needed’ in recent years.
When asked about Fernandes’ impact, Ferguson told the BBC: ‘He’s been fantastic, the lad. ‘He’s scored some important goals and even when he’s taking his penalty kicks, he’s very confident about them.
And I can’t even think if a goalkeeper’s got anywhere near his penalty kicks. ‘So he’s calm, his shots from outside the box are always a threat and he’s got that thing United have really needed in the past few years, he’s got the ability to make a pass in the final third. It opens up defences and I think that’s important.’ Fernandes, meanwhile, admitted in a Q&A with United supporters that he is keen to speak with Ferguson about improving his game. ‘That is one of my biggest regrets in the club until now,’ said the midfielder.
‘I met him already but never had the chance to speak with him like I would like to do. ‘I think everyone who watched Manchester United in the past remembers Sir Alex. [That is true] for me, growing up and seeing the club, being a fan of the club and seeing the development of the team. ‘I would like to have a conversation with him and understand, from his point of view, what he thinks about me and what I can improve or still improve in my game to be better.’