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Comparing Fernandes To Ronaldo Unfair, Says Solskjaer


Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mentioned on Friday that it could be unfair to match new signing Bruno Fernandes to Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 25-year-old adopted the trail first made well-known by five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo in 2003 when he joined United from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon on Thursday.

Solskjaer mentioned that Fernandes would play an element in Saturday’s recreation towards Wolves at Old Trafford, however warned towards evaluating him to his illustrious compatriot.

“Cristiano is unique so to compare the boy to him is not fair. Obviously we hope Bruno is going to come and have a fantastic career at Manchester United,” he mentioned.

“He is another piece in the jigsaw and I am sure he is going to give us that X-factor that we have been missing at times this season.”

Fernandes mentioned after signing that his “love of Manchester United” began whereas watching Ronaldo play for the membership.

United have been lastly capable of land Fernandes after chasing him for a number of months and Solskjaer says the Portugal worldwide reminds him of former teammate Paul Scholes along with his means to make goalscoring runs from deep and supply assists.

Fernandes, who will put on Scholes’ previous quantity 18 shirt, scored eight targets and arrange six others for Sporting within the Portuguese Primeira Liga this season.

“Bruno is a goalscoring and assisting midfield player, a little bit like Paul Scholes,” Solskjaer added.

“He can strike a ball fantastically and he’s got wonderful technique. He will also get assists from set plays and with his range of passing.”

Scholes received 11 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and a bunch of different medals throughout two spells with United throughout the Alex Ferguson period.

“He’s a similar type to Scholes, fiery as well, with the same number on his shirt,” Solskjaer mentioned.

“Bruno can do absolutely everything. He can play as one of three in midfield, as a number 10, he can play in off the wing, he can play in a diamond. But we will give him the time to find his best position.

“Of course we bring him in to play and we believe in him. But we are going to give him time to settle down in a new country and a new league with new teammates.”

Fernandes has arrived with United fifth within the Premier League, six factors behind fourth-placed Chelsea who they play of their first recreation again after the winter break.

United are additionally by to the Europa League final 32 towards Club Brugge and are nonetheless within the FA Cup.

Now the switch window is shut, Solskjaer is able to concentrate on the final three months as he tries to salvage a troubled season.

“I’m happy and confident that these players will keep improving. You cannot control results but of course, we are going to fight for a higher position in the league and trophies in the cups,” he mentioned.


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