Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes compared to two Man Utd heroes by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Bruno Fernandes is a mix between former Manchester United midfielders Paul Scholes and Juan Sebastian Veron. Fernandes scored his first goal for his new employers on Sunday in the side’s 3-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford.

After being taken down by Ben Foster in the penalty area in the 42nd minute, Fernandes took responsibility from 12 yards and slotted home.

The Portuguese otherwise produced one of the best midfield performances for United this season – advancing quickly with the ball, picking forward passes and putting himself in space between the Watford banks of four.

Such was the level of the Fernandes’ performance that Solskjaer compared him to two of the club’s most talented central midfielders of yesteryear.

The United boss said in his post-match press conference: “He has come in and given everyone a big boost, not just the team, but the supporters too.

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“He felt from the first minute like a big personality in our group.

“He was confident straight away and is like a mix of Scholes and Veron.”

Solskjaer also said after the match: “Bruno Fernandes is quicker than he looks. Very excited by having him in.

“He has come in, given everyone a boost and wants to conduct a game. There are big games coming up now.”

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The £67million signing had an impressive scoring record with Sporting Lisbon, notching 15 goals and 14 assists before arriving in England last month.

The United No 18 expressed his joy at the result and his own performance after the game.

“This is the day every player wants to have,” he told BBC Sport. “I feel lucky to score, I feel lucky to win the game.

“We all gave our best and we all deserved the win. I just need to help the team, it’s what I want to do, it’s what I need to do.


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“I hope Martial scores more goals too like he did tonight.”

Much was made of his penalty technique, which resembles the jumping strike style of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.

Explaining his approach, Fernandes said: “It’s the way I shoot a penalty, it’s where I feel confident.

“I do not shoot just that way but it felt the best way today.”

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