Man Utd legend compares Bruno Fernandes to one Man City star after Club Brugge heroics
Manchester United’s new £46million-man Bruno Fernandes has been compared to Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne by Old Trafford icon Paul Scholes. Fernandes had a brilliant game in United’s 5-0 thrashing of Club Brugge.
Fernandes put in a superb performance at Old Trafford in his first home European tie.
The Red Devils ran riot over Brugge, with Fernandes’ penalty starting things off.
Odion Ighalo, Scott McTominay and Fred added to the rout, which saw United coast through to the Round of 16.
The midfield maestro was making his fifth appearance for the Red Devils after his £46m switch from Sporting CP, and gave every indication that he was worth the price they paid for him.
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His penalty was his second in two games, having found the net from the spot against Watford on Sunday.
Fernandes hit the post in the first three minutes with a driven shot from the edge of the area, in an early sign that he was hungry to create chances and score goals.
He set up the chance which made the penalty, too, having flicked the ball through to Daniel James, who saw his shot ricochet off the hand of Simon Deli.
The Portuguese star stepped up and put the resulting spot-kick into the bottom corner of the net, giving him his second goal for his new club.
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And former United man Scholes believes he can have the same impact on the Red Devils as De Bruyne has for Manchester City.
The Belgian ace is recognised as one of the best players in the world, and was the difference in Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid.
Speaking to BT Sport, Scholes was full of praise for the 25-year-old midfielder.
“When I think of him the only other player I can think of is Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester City,” he said. “He [De Bruyne] is the best player in the Premier League but Fernandes is right up there.
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“It was a perfect night and there were a lot of very good performances.
Fernandes stood out and he controlled the pace of play. He looks like he has brought this team to life.
“You wonder where United would be now if he had come last summer. He has made such a difference to this team. You just wonder why we didn’t go for him last summer.
“He has made a team that did not look that watchable at times look exciting and very watchable right now.”
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