Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has likened January signing Bruno Fernandes to Paul Scholes and Juan Sebastian Veron after he inspired Manchester United to victory over Watford.
Fernandes opened his account for his new club with an audacious first-half penalty at Old Trafford and had a hand in Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood’s goals as United won 3-0 to secure back-to-back league victories for only the third time this season.
Solskjaer believes Fernandes’ latest performance was evidence he possesses all of the attributes of a Manchester United player, and highlighted traits the Portuguese has in common with two of his former team-mates.
“In today’s market I think we got a good deal,” Solskjaer told his post-match press conference. “He has come in and done really well, given everyone a boost, that means more than getting a player in.
“He has done something to the crowd. You can see with the supporters, they are used to players with that personality, mentality and quality, all the attributes of a Manchester United player the fans have seen many, many times before.
“From day one, the first minute, he has felt like a presence in the group, demanding the ball from his first training session. Some players take time warming up, but he felt confident straight away.
“He’s a bit of a mix between Scholes and Veron to be fair, the temperament of Veron and a lot of the quality of him and Scholes.
“He has done fantastically. He is showing his personality, he’s a Manchester United character who wants to step out at Old Trafford, wants the ball all the time, wants to control the rhythm, help out his team-mates and conduct the play. The way he took the penalty was fantastic.”