Bruno Fernandes has so far proven to be an astute signing for Manchester United, with the attacking midfielder admitting he ‘didn’t think twice’ about a January move to Old Trafford.
Since joining the club, the Red Devils have improved significantly and now stand an excellent chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Since Fernandes’ arrival, United are also on a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
“The decision was easy because when I had the chance to come, I didn’t think twice,” the Red Devils star told Sky Sports.
“I talked with Sporting, who had already had some discussions with Man United about my transfer and when they talk with me, I told them my first choice was Man United and it’s what I need for my career.
“I see the same team from one month ago. I think we are the same and have a lot of hunger to win, to give a lot, to do better and better in every game.
“In the last month, we’ve had a lot of really good games and I think we can talk about a new start after Bruno, but it’s not about Bruno, it’s about the team.
“The team needs the right focus, the right decisions at the time and I think also if Bruno doesn’t come, Man United would win the same because one player doesn’t change a team.
“A team changes when everyone pushes together for the same side. When I arrived, I saw the team pushing for the same side and to win games, get better and I’m another player to help.”
Fernandes has already scored three goals, as well as registered three assists, from eight appearances for United.
In addition to being a menace in attack for opposition teams, the Portuguese midfielder also appears to be helping other players in the Red Devils ranks improve.
United fans are generally divided as to whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man to propel the club back to the glory days.
However, the former striker cannot really be faulted for his signings so far.
Harry Maguire, Daniel James, Aaron Wan Bissaka and now Fernandes have all added value to the side since being recruited to United under Solskjaer.
As things stand, United are in fifth place on the league standings with 45 points after 29 games.
They are in line to qualify for next term’s Champions League due to Manchester City’s two-season ban from UEFA competition.
Solskjaer’s side should be aiming to finish in the top four this season as they are just three points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.
It will be exciting to see how Solskjaer continues to build the side during the summer transfer window.
United may be a few signings away from being able to challenge for major silverware again.
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