Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has added “x-factor quality” to his squad with the signing of Bruno Fernandes, insisting his mind on the pitch is always ahead of his team-mates.
Fernandes joined United last month after months of speculation in a £68m deal with the pressure mounting on Solskjaer due to a run of poor results.
Portugal playmaker Fernandes has been an instant hit at Old Trafford, scoring his first goal against Watford last Sunday, and appearing to improve the Red Devils’ previously lacklustre attack.
In light of his early performances at the club, Solskjaer is confident United have secured a real talent in Fernandes, and warns he is only going to get better as he continues to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.
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“We feel we’ve added some x-factor quality with Bruno,” Solskjaer told a press conference ahead of Thursday’s clash with Club Brugge.
“His imagination and his over view, picture, is a couple of seconds ahead of many players.
“It is one of his strengths he knows what he wants to do.
“He can change his mind in a split-second. That composure has been important.
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“I think Bruno will only improve by coming here to a stronger league, stronger opponents and stronger teammates, getting used to us.
“We want to develop that x-factor. He’s come in and impressed everyone but we don’t want to put a limit on what he can do.”
Explaining a little more the impact that Fernandes will have on how his side will play, Solskjaer believes that the 26-year-old’s attacking mindset will help those around him to flourish and play with the freedom the Norwegian is looking for.
“Anthony coming back, he was out for a couple of months, means he’s getting used to the no.9 position,” Solskjaer went on.
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“Scott has developed but Nemanja and Fred have done well. The addition of Bruno gives us a bit of a different flavour – he likes to play forward passes and take risks, which a Man United player should do.
“You can blossom more with confidence, and speaking to the manager, getting them free.
“You want them to be free. Play with courage, bravery and you want bit of fear in you. It is a fine balance between arrogance, confident, [being] humble.”
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