Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been so impressed by Bruno Fernandes that he has questioned where the club would be this season if they had signed him last summer.
United were regularly linked with Fernandes during that transfer window but it took until January for a deal to finally be done.
The former Sporting Lisbon star has shone in his first few matches for the Red Devils and netted his second United goal on Thursday.
Fernandes scored from the penalty spot, as he did for his first, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ’s side progressed into the last-16 of the Europa League thanks to a 6-1 aggregate win over Club Brugge.
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And with Fernandes having sparked plenty of life into Manchester United, former midfielder Scholes has wondered why he wasn’t brought in sooner.
Scholes told BT Sport: “He's brought a lifeless attacking team to life. You wonder where United would be if they'd signed him in the summer.
“He's made a team that wasn't all that watchable at times very watchable.”
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And Scholes’ fellow pundit Owen Hargreaves has also been impressed by the start the Portuguese ace has made to life at Old Trafford.
Hargreaves said: “He looks incredibly good value already.
“There are a lot of smiles after the game. The other players look so much better. He's just so smart.
“Like when I played with Scholesy he was always one or two steps ahead of people. The fans are chanting ‘Bruno!’”
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Odion Ighalo netted his first United goal on Thursday having also joined the club in January.
Scholes added: “He did well tonight, he looked sharp. He hasn't played since December 1.
“He's come to the team at the right time – just as in a creative player in Fernandes has come in.”
United return to action this weekend in the Premier League as they travel to Everton on Sunday.
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