Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed Manchester United have found their new Paul Scholes – January signing Bruno Fernandes.
And the Old Trafford boss has lauded the 25-year-old Portuguese international midfielder as a conductor, leader and winner after his sparkling start to life at United.
Just three weeks after his £47 million move from Sporting Lisbon – a deal that could reach £68million with performance-related add-ons – Fernandes is rapidly emerging as United's main man.
And Soslkjaer knows United will be delighted to shell out another £20 million if it means Fernandes is making the kind of impact they've been desperate for – especially with £89million play-maker Paul Pogba such a huge disappointment.
So far, delighted Solskjaer has been bowled over by the wiry Portugal midfielder who's will to win is already proving infectious in United's young dressing room.
Fernandes, energetic, creative and always on the front foot, has settled instantly in Manchester – and fans are already excited at his potential to turn their struggling team into a moe cohesive unit.
All eyes will be on Fernandes at Old Trafford today as United attempt to step up their push for a Champions League spot next season.
Solskjaer said: “He reminds me of Scholesy as a player on the field – but he's definitely a different type of personality off the pitch!
“Like Paul, he’s another conductor, a leader and a winner. He wants to win and he doesn’t take 99 per cent as good enough – that's really impressed me.
“That’s something you see when you watch him but you don’t really know about until you have him in your group. He’s been absolutely top class.”
Despite coming into a new club, a different football culture and an unfamiliar dressing room Fernandes hasn't been shy to let team-mates know if he's unhappy with performances – and Solskjaer loves it.
“It's because he wants to win,” added the United boss. “But he does it the right way and encourages those around him as well.
“Even though he was on the bench against Bruges he was walking around speaking to the players who start, he helps them, he gives them points. I’ve been very impressed by him.
“And the 10 minutes he played in Belgium at the end of the game when we needed some calmness and composure you could say immediately that there was a difference in our team.”
United have the chance today to make amends for their woeful 2-0 defeat at Watford in December which marked a low point in their season.
Solskjaer insists United have to put a winning run together quickly to close the gap to fourth place.
And the Norwegian insists United can't just rely on sneaking into the Champions League by going all the way in the Europa League to qualify – as they did in 2016 under Jose Mourinho.
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