The Brazilian midfielder Fred has praised the influence the January signing Fernandes has had on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
Fred believes Bruno Fernandes is an ‘inspiration’ to be observed in the Manchester United team and has credited the Portuguese for the club’s upturn in form.
Fernandes arrived at the end of January and, before soccer was halted due to the outbreak of Covid-19, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had been on a nine-game unbeaten run with the midfielder in the team.
The 25-year-old has been praised for the immediate influence he has had and Fred believes the Portugal international has been key to United’s excellent form.
“We were living in a very excellent phase, we had been in a developing phase.
We have been doing very well in the Premier League, very well in the Europa League.
We would have a chance to be champions (of the Europa League) before the stop,” Fred informed Brazilian outlet Trivela.
“Our group got together a lot at the end, we started assisting each other, with a specific view of the game, and we grew up on the pitch.
We began to get better together, and Bruno Fernandes’ arrival was vital for us, giving a calm change to our midfield.
“But we must also give credit to Ole and our entire group, because we have been on a very, very good rise.”
Fernandes, who has already won the Premier League Player of the Month award in his first 4 weeks at the club, has adapted flawlessly since his transfer from Sporting CP and Fred has already earmarked him as a leader.
Fred added: “Bruno Fernandes is a very vital player, he arrived and gave an ‘up’ in our squad.
He is a player with a lot of ambition, however I believe that each player who plays for Manchester United needs to have this ambition to desire to win, to be victorious, because it is a enormous club.
“We constantly have to think about the titles, the victories.
He arrived very well, helped us a lot and, for sure, he is an inspiration to be followed. I’m certain he will nevertheless grow a lot within United.”
Fred has had a good season and become a regular starter for Solskjaer after struggling for a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI.
The Brazilian has credited first-team coach Michael Carrick for supporting him to adapt and improve in the Premier League.
“Michael Carrick is an assistant coach who helped me a lot in this procedure of adaptation and transition.
He’s a man who is an idol in the club and was a superb player in the same role that I play,” Fred explained.
“On a day by day basis, he always helps me a lot, he is always talking to me.
After training, we constantly do a little work to complement it.
Sometimes finishing, sometimes passing, launching.
“He’s a man who knows the game, who lived it. And it is not possible for anyone better than him to help me there.
He knows about the difficulties, the shortcuts, and he tries to show me the whole thing there in training, in games.
He’s a man who has huge importance for me at United, and I’m very grateful to him.”