Man United move inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo, says Bruno Fernandes

‘Cristiano enjoyed so much success… that’s why it was a dream of mine to play for Man Utd’: Bruno Fernandes reveals Ronaldo’s glory years at Old Trafford inspired him to join the Red Devils

  • Bruno Fernandes admits Cristiano Ronaldo made Manchester United the ‘dream’
  • Ronaldo enjoyed rich success at Old Trafford and inspired their January signing 
  • Fernandes is determined to change the fortunes and help United win trophies 

Bruno Fernandes has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo made it his ‘childhood dream’ to one day go on and play for Manchester United.   

Fernandes swapped Sporting Lisbon for United in a £68million January move and has left fans impressed in his handful of performances since joining. 

And speaking to Sky Sports ahead of facing Watford this weekend, Fernandes opened up on the impact Ronaldo, who he plays alongside for the Portuguese national team, has had on his career to date.  

Bruno Fernandes has said that joining Manchester United has fulfilled a ‘childhood dream’ 

He is a Cristiano Ronaldo ‘fan’ and says five-time Ballon d’Or winner inspired Old Trafford move

‘When Cristiano burst on to the scene here in Manchester, he spent a good chunk of his early career here and enjoyed so much success,’ Fernandes said. 

‘That’s why it was a dream of mine to play for Manchester United and I’m very pleased to be here because it’s a childhood dream come true.’

Ronaldo enjoyed rich success at United before departing for Real Madrid in a then record £80m move in 2009.   

Fernandes (left) and Ronaldo (right) now play alongside each other for the national team 

He departed with one Champions League, one FA Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup, two League Cup’s and three Premier League titles to look back on. 

Fernandes has arrived into a side that remains in transition but that has not seen the former Sporting captain limit his ambitions for trophies. 

‘I think any player who joins Manchester United wants to win everything; I want to win every competition that Manchester United compete in,’ he added.

‘I’m an ambitious player who wants success and I want to win every game in every competition we’re in.’ 

Fernandes has appeared a clever acquisition by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in helping add quality and creativity to United’s midfield. 

Ronaldo enjoyed rich success at United and Fernandes is keen to collect a similar trophy haul

The Portugal midfielder played a key role in Monday’s 2-0 victory at Chelsea and impressed again in Thursday’s Europa League round of 32 first-leg tie. 

The technically gifted midfielder has already bagged one assist in his first two Premier League appearances.

United go into the game against Watford seventh in the table, three points adrift of Chelsea in fourth. 

Watford beat United when the teams met at Vicarage Road but Fernandes played no part that day and so he will look to make the difference as he continues his fine start to life as a Manchester United player.  

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