Peter Crouch hailed the "arrogance" of Bruno Fernandes after his role in Man Utd's win over Watford.
The £67million signing opened his United account in the 3-0 win over the Hornets on Sunday after winning and converting a penalty.
Fernandes steamed in behind the Watford defence, marginally beating keeper Ben Foster to the ball, before the former England stopper hauled him down inside the box.
Referee Martin Atkinson pointed straight to the spot, before Fernandes dusted himself down and tucked away the penalty himself, setting United on their way to victory.
Speaking on Match of the Day 2, Crouch was effusive in his praise of the midfielder.
"He's lifted the club and fans and looks like a leader," Crouch said. "He's got a bit of arrogance about him and United need that.
"He sees passes and has a fantastic range of passes. He's mobile.
"He can open doors – he reminds me of Juan Mata in that sense, but Mata can't run in behind, use his pace and win that penalty."
There were question marks over whether Fernandes was already on his way down when Foster made contact, suggesting he had dived to earn his side a penalty.
Fernandes then implemented a short skip in his run-up to fool Foster, sending him the wrong way to open the scoring.
The former Sporting Lisbon man has been quick to take to the hearts of United fans, who chanted, "Bruno, Bruno," in similar fashion to how they'd previously addressed club record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.
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