Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer compares Bruno Fernandes to Cristiano Ronaldo saying Bruno Fernandes has a similar ‘presence, influence and impact’ akin to fellow Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo ever since he joined the team.
Ronaldo spent six seasons at Man United when he joined as an 18-year-old and propelled the club to three consecutive Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy, while he himself bagged his first Ballon d’Or award.
On the other hand, Midfielder Fernandes also joined United from Sporting Lisbon, and has had a fantastic start at United, putting himself in 34 goal involvements in his first 35 matches for the club.
Hence, manager Solskjaer realizes how important a role Fernandes plays in the squad. The amount of power and quality he brings into the playing 11 is immense according to Ole. The boss further praised the 26-year-old for his leadership and willingness to put the team first.
“Bruno has that presence [like Ronaldo] and an influence and an impact on his team-mates,” said Solskjaer ahead of Sunday’s trip to Southampton on a sports channel.
“You just need to look at the results we’ve had since he’s come in. He’s got loads of energy, he’s got leadership, he is a team player – which is the key now here for us going forward. Some players will have to sit games out and rest.”
He said that he was banking on Bruno and wasn’t looking forward to telling him when he was rested against Leipzig.
“Same with Marcus to be fair. They know this season will be challenging and this is how we build this team and the culture of the team – that it’s about the team and not the individuals.