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Solskjaer: 'Fernandes has the same presence and impact as Ronaldo'

Fri 27 November 2020 | 18:44

Bruno Fernandes has been extraordinary for Manchester United, provoking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to juxtapose him with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says

Bruno Fernandes

has a comparable presence to

Cristiano Ronaldo

in the squad as the midfielder keeps on proving good qualities at Manchester United. 

Fernandes has been a disclosure since showing up at Old Trafford in January for an expense that could ascend to €80 million (£67.6 million). 

The Portugal international has netted 21 goals and provided 13 assists in 35 appearances for United. 

Fernandes has missed just two games during his time at the Red Devils and won 22 of the games he has included in, with United averaging 2.2 goals per- match with the playmaker presenting the club. 

His Portugal comrade Ronaldo was venerated by United fans during his time at the club, having found the net 118 times in 292 games and became a superstar prior to his move to Real Madrid. 

Solskjaer played alongside Juventus' fabled striker at United and trusts Fernandes can make a similar kind of effect.

"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," the United boss said in a press conference ahead of Sunday's

Premier League

match against 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].

"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'."

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