Bruno Fernandes may have been on the pitch for only ten minutes against Club Brugge on Thursday night, but he showed Manchester United exactly what he will bring to the table.
The Portuguese international arrived in the last week of the January transfer window from Sporting CP, and enjoyed an excellent start to life at Old Trafford, providing assistance for Harry Maguire’s goal in the 2-0 victory. on Chelsea.
On Thursday he was left on the bench by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but was thrown at the end of the game to try and inspire a winner. Although he failed to do so, his cameo had its moments of brilliance, not least a sumptuous chipped passage that Juan Mata failed to convert.
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According to Sofascore, he had 100% pass accuracy, blocked four shots, completed dribbling and won three of his four total duels.
After seeing his replacement appearance, United fans took Twitter to express their views on the January signing performance.
It looks like a correct class of the United player above
– Steve Pastore (@ Spastore1) February 20, 2020
Bruno looks like the player we all expected from Pogba when he returned to United ?? First days, promising signs.
– Craig Adam (@ CraigAdam6) February 20, 2020
I didn’t want to get carried away too much because you never know how a player will settle in a different environment, but by god this guy can play 👌#Bruno
– Scott Graham (@ ScottGr44229002) February 20, 2020
Fans welcomed the impact Fernandes had when he arrived, with one supporter in particular saying a lot about the rest of the team that the Portuguese star could have shot the game completely.
Bruno Fernandes came in for 10 minutes and completely turned the game around. Emphasize how good he is and also highlight how terrible those who played for him are. He will be a special player for us.
– The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) February 20, 2020
From 0 to 100 with the introduction of brown only. Lingard and pareira must go to Inter, Roma or other clubs to save their career. Otherwise they will be hated by fans for the rest of their lives. It’s not about United anymore. They have to save their football career.
– Ajay (@m_yadav_ajay) February 20, 2020
Modified the game in less than 10 minutes. It just shows how important it is to us.
– Omz (@OmzNDat) February 20, 2020
My MOTM wasn’t even exaggerated. It looked like a completely different team from its mere presentation
– Raymond Young (@ Raymond21963618) February 20, 2020
A supporter of the Manchester team in the meantime has simply insisted that it is “light years better than Pereira and Lingard”.
Seems like a proper class player. But part of that is that he’s light years better than Pereira and Lingard who both need to get away
– Paul Kirwan (@ paulmk23) February 20, 2020
Having played against Chelsea on Monday evening, it is perhaps understandable why Solskjaer opted to leave Fernandes on the bench against Brugge.
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But the electric display of the Portuguese ace in the short period in which he was on the field showed the manager of United that he will simply have to play it from now on.
Fernandes was a real thread, and the fact that he only had one shot less than Mata and Jesse Lingard together showed how he really got the rhythm for the Red Devils.
Meanwhile, Man Utd fans slam the display of this perspective against Club Bruges.