Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has impressed since joining the club from Sporting Lisbon in the January transfer window. And Emmanuel Petit believes the Portuguese has changed the mentality of the dressing room at Old Trafford.
Fernandes has netted twice and provided three assists in his five Premier League appearances to date.
And Petit believes the 25-year-old has made a big impact at the club and become the leader Paul Pogba was supposed to be.
He told the Mirror: “Fernandes has made a huge impact.
“In the space of two months he is the best buy in the winter market. He has made such a big impact. It’s like he’s been at the club for six years.
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“He’s changed the mentality inside the dressing room. It’s hard for a player to come in mid-season and do that.
“Paul Pogba was meant to be doing this at Manchester United. It’s what he should have done in terms of leadership on the pitch.
“But I’m looking forward to seeing them together on the pitch, I want to see if that can work, and I’m pretty sure it can work.”
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has written a letter to fans amid the coronavirus crisis.
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It read: “Firstly, on behalf of everyone at Manchester United, our thoughts are with anyone who has been directly affected by this virus and everyone dealing with the impact of it.
“All our gratitude goes to the healthcare staff working on the frontline of the NHS here in the UK and in hospitals around the world at this particularly difficult time.
“We are all having to adjust – fans, players, coaches – to a new way of living, without our fix of football, although we all agree that everyone’s health and wellbeing at this time is much more important.
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“These are unprecedented times and we now need to all come together to combat this global pandemic. It is important for everyone to follow government guidelines to help control the spread of COVID-19, wherever you are in the world.
“That’s what we’re doing at Manchester United, with all our players now training at home, following individual programmes and using technology to stay in touch with our medical, fitness and coaching staff.
“For everyone’s wellbeing, we all need to change our behaviour and look at new ways of communicating. We are lucky that many of us have access to technology that enables us to video call people so we can still see our friends and family without being face to face.
“By making these changes, or simply making sure we call and not visit or meet in person, we can all help save lives.”
United were 12 matches unbeaten before football was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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