Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes was spotted beaming in training ahead of the club’s Europa League clash with Club Brugge on Thursday. The Portugal international has enjoyed a positive start to life at Old Trafford since arriving from Sporting Lisbon during the January transfer window.
Manchester United have seen Fernandes hit the ground running in English football, with the 25-year-old making an instant impact since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon.
He didn’t do anything major on his debut against Wolves but, since then, has helped United overcome Chelsea and Watford.
Fernandes also impressed coming off the bench against Club Brugge in the Europa League last week, in a game that finished 1-1.
And, ahead of the second leg, the Portugal international has been seen smiling from ear to ear in training.
The Portugal international posed for a picture with Diogo Dalot, Fred and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
He was also seen grinning while James Garner, Victor Lindelof and Tahith Chong looked on.
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And Fernandes also had his game face on while training under the watch of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United host Brugge knowing the Europa League represents one of their best chances of playing in the Champions League next season.
Finishing in the top four remains a tricky task, despite the Red Devils recently closing the gap on Chelsea to three points.
And whether United can win the tournament again, having reigned supreme in 2017, is something only time will tell.
Speaking before the game at Old Trafford, Solskjaer hailed Fernandes for his stunning start to life at his new club.
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“We feel we’ve added some X factor and quality with Bruno,” the Norwegian said in bis pre-match press conference.
“The addition of Bruno gives us that little bit of a different flavour. He’s a player who likes to play penetrative passes, forward passes.
“He likes to task risks, which a Man United player should do.”
And Solskjaer also talked up Fernandes’ passing game, adding: “I think his imagination, or his overview, his picture, is a couple of seconds ahead of other players.
“That’s one of his strengths: knowing what he wants to do when he gets it.
“He also can change his mind in a split second. If that picture doesn’t work as he thought, he’ll change it. I think that composure has been important for us as well.”
Solskjaer also expressed a belief that Fernandes would only get better with time.
“I think he’ll only improve by coming here to a stronger league, with stronger opponents, [and] stronger team-mates getting used to him,” he said.
“He’s got that bit of X-factor and that swagger and quality that we want to develop even more.
“He’s come in and impressed everyone, but we don’t want to put any limit on what he can do.”
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