What those in the know have said about Bruno
The footballing world has spent the last 24 hours reacting to the news that Bruno Fernandes has signed for Manchester United.
Welcome to United, Bruno FernandesVideo
“That little kid could dribble past the whole world. He was full of fight, a real leader on the pitch. The only thing he needed to work on was his shooting. That was the only thing between him and stardom.”Remulo Marques, then vice-president of Boavista, Bruno’s first club.
“When I speak about Bruno Fernandes, what comes to mind is the intelligence of the boy. He was, above all, very clever — both as a player and as a person.”Francesco Guidolin, Bruno’s manager at Udinese.
“Bruno Fernandes is a player who covers all the bases, defensively and offensively. From centre-midfield onwards, he can do anything. He's got a long-range shot. He can take free kicks and penalties. His scoring ability is second to none. In 20 years of journalism, I have never seen a midfield player score goals like that. It's astounding.”Felipe Dias, editor of Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.
“I’ve spoken to a few of his team-mates at national level and club level. Nani, my old teammate, says he’s a fantastic player, says he’s perfect for England. Says he’s got all the tools, all the right attributes. Cristiano [Ronaldo] said he’s fantastic, creates chances for him [for Portugal]. He can manipulate the ball, take the ball, confident. These are the type of things that you want to hear when Manchester United are signing a player.”Rio Ferdinand.
Bruno joins training! Gallery
These exclusive images show our no.18 taking part in a first session with his new United team-mates.
“Hi guys. A quick message to everyone at Manchester United, Old Trafford and all of the fans. I just want to wish good luck to Bruno Fernandes, who has just moved to Manchester. I ask you guys to give him your good support, have a little bit of passion for his adaptation, for sure he will prove his quality and score beautiful goals. I am missing you guys, the great moments we had and the good times. I can see Man United coming back to play the football we love and win our titles, because once you are a Red Devil you are a Red Devil forever. See you soon guys!” Nani.
“Top-scoring midfielder in Europe. 32 goals in 53 games during 2018/19 season. Two League Cups. One Portuguese Cup. Good luck and thank you, Captain.” Sporting Lisbon paying saying goodbye to Bruno on Twitter.
Exclusive: Our first Bruno Fernandes interviewVideo
“He's a player from another level. He has a very good last pass and very good delivery from free-kicks and corners. He's a leader because if you see him play you will notice that he is talking to team-mates all the time. Very good players don't need time to adapt; very good players can play in all countries.” Former Sporting and Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal.
“He's a winner. He hates losing, but he uses that anger in a good way to play better and help his team-mates. He was a fantastic captain for Sporting and he's going to come here and be a leader as well.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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