Bruno Fernandes shares role Cristiano Ronaldo played in his Man Utd transfer

Bruno Fernandes has revealed he thanked Cristiano Ronaldo after completing his £46million switch from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United.

The Portugal star joined in late January after a month of speculation regarding a potential move to Old Trafford.

But the 25-year-old did eventually seal his move to United, following in his Portugal team-mate's footsteps. And Fernandes says Ronaldo played a role in his transfer going through.

"I didn't speak to [Ronaldo] before coming but did after my arrival," Fernandes told Sky Sports.

"I know some people asked Cristiano what he thought of me and what I was like as a player and a person.

"I know he spoke highly of me and gave me a good reference, so I sent him a message after to thank him for his kind words. Pressure always has to be present in our day-to-day and we have to be under pressure to improve every day."

Fernandes confessed he is a Ronaldo fan and is hoping to emulate the Juventus striker in Manchester.

"Obviously Manchester United's interest in me was a big deal," he explained. "It was a dream that I wanted to make come true. My dream was to play in the Premier League and I'm a Cristiano Ronaldo fan and he's a player I've always followed," Fernandes said.

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