Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Bruno Fernandes Reflects The Qualities Of Ronaldo
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has attracted comparisons to his Portuguese compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo from his United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Portuguese midfielder has been progressing immensely at the Manchester club under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he arrived in the Premier League.
The playmaker has been shouldering the ever since his arrival from the Portuguese side Sporting CP. And taking a look at his stats, 21 goals and 13 assists in only but 35 outings at the Theatre of Dreams, you would agree with me that he’s the star in the making at Old Trafford. Also, when you exclude only two games, Bruno Fernandes averages 2.2 goals per game for the Red Devils. Plus, it was only Cristiano Ronaldo who used to do something similar for the United, or perhaps better than his Portuguese compatriot.
During Manchester United’s latest Champions League outing against Istanbul Basaksehir, Fernandes displayed his portion of talent and qualities by scoring a brace to help United secure a 3-1 victory. Those goals mean the 26-year-old midfielder now has found the back of the net in three matches for the Red Devils, including games against Everton and West Brom.
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Thus, it is only fair to draw some reflections of his Portugal teammate Ronaldo, who remains in the hearts of United fans. Cristiano Ronaldo spent six years at the Theatre of Dreams, scoring 118 goals in 292 appearances, including numerous match-winning performances. Following Ronaldo’s jaw-dropping performances, he became a subject of interest for the Spanish giants Real Madrid, who eventually signed him for a then world-record fee in the summer of 2009.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Admits Fernandes Shares Some Similarities With Ronaldo
Manchester United boss, as a matter of fact, has experienced the pure talent of Cristiano Ronaldo first-hand during a point in his run at the Old Trafford. Now the manager believes that his Portuguese playmaker has a similar presence on the field like his fellow countryman.
“He does definitely have that presence and an influence and impact on his team-mates. You can just look at results we’ve had since he came in,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said during a press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Southampton.
“He’s got loads of energy, leadership, he’s a team player which is the key here now for us going forward. Some players will have to sit games out and rest. I wasn’t looking forward to telling Bruno when he was rested against Leipzig but he was absolutely no problem, the same as Marcus [Rashford],” he continued.
“They know this season is challenging and that’s how we build this team. The culture of the team – it’s about the team, not individuals. And Bruno has proved that over and over, that’s it’s the team before ‘I’,” added Solskjaer.
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