'He does have that presence': Ole Gunnar Solskjaer compares Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes to former club legend

Sam Brookes November 27, 2020
'He does have that presence': Ole Gunnar Solskjaer compares Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes to former club legend
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has compared Bruno Fernandes to Cristiano Ronaldo, as reported by Manchester Evening News.

Ronaldo spent six years at Old Trafford, winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League during that time.

Fernandes is yet to lift any silverware. However, he has already made a seismic impact. Solskjaer admits that he can see some similarities between the pair.

“He does have that presence (like Ronaldo). Just look at the results since he came in,” Solskjaer said, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Southampton.

Bruno Fernandes hits the ground running

Since arriving in January, Fernandes has scored 21 goals and provided 13 assists in 35 matches.

Much like Ronaldo, he wants to be involved in every game. Earlier this month he was left on the bench for the side’s 5-0 win over RB Leipzig as Solskjaer rotated his squad.

The Norwegian coach confessed that it was a difficult call to leave Fernandes out, but claimed that the Portuguese midfielder responded admirably to his decision.

“He is a team player, which is key for us now. I wasn’t looking forward to telling Bruno he was resting vs Leipzig, but he took it really well,” he said.

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Another outstanding display in midweek

The 26-year-old was in sparkling form again in midweek, scoring twice as United coasted past Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1.

Fernandes will hope to play a major role again on Sunday. However, the Red Devils are expected to be without Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, with Solskjaer saying they are ‘very unlikely’ to be fit enough to feature.

Rashford expected to be fit

There is more positive news for three other United players, though. Solskjaer confirmed that Marcus Rashford, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelof should all be ready to play after recent knocks.

The 13-time Premier League winners currently sit 10th in the table, seven points off top spot. The Red Devils will be aiming for three straight league victories when they face an in-form Southampton this weekend.

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Sam Brookes is an aspiring sports journalist with a background in football analysis. He has written for a number of online publications in recent years, and specialises in English and Italian football.