Bruno Fernandes has explained how he ensured his transfer Manchester United was completed.
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes says he had no doubts about joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side from Sporting Lisbon in a £47million January move.
The Portugal international has made an instant impact at Old Trafford, scoring three goals in eight appearances.
He has helped United extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches – but there will be no more play until April 3 because of coronavirus fears.
For the previous three transfer windows United had been linked with making a move for Fernandes but no bid ever materialised.
However, when the Red Devils eventually opened negotiations the effort was not just one way.
“The decision was easy because when I had the chance to come, I didn’t think twice,” he told Sky Sports.
“I talked with Sporting, who had already had some discussions with Man United about my transfer and when they talk with me, I told them my first choice was Man United and it’s what I need for my career.
“I see the same team from one month ago. I think we are the same and have a lot of hunger to win, to give a lot, to do better and better in every game.
“In the last month, we’ve had a lot of really good games and I think we can talk about a new start after Bruno, but it’s not about Bruno, it’s about the team.
”The team needs the right focus, the right decisions at the time and I think also if Bruno doesn’t come, Man United would win the same because one player doesn’t change a team.
“A team changes when everyone pushes together for the same side. When I arrived, I saw the team pushing for the same side and to win games, get better and I’m another player to help.”
Fernandes has quickly become a fan favourite at United and already has his own chant.
And the 25-year-old wants to pay the supporters back by raising his level even more.
“I don’t know, but it’s really nice,” he says of the chant. “The support I’ve received from the fans since the first day is amazing.
“In the first game, I listened afterwards to the song they have for me and I thought ‘I’ve been here for two days and they already have a song’.
“I need to give something to the fans, not because they sing my song, but they give me the support I need to help my team-mates and to help United be better.
“I need to love them back in the same way because the love they give me in this first month is really good. If I don’t have the support of them, it would be more difficult for me to come out and be myself, to be confident and do what I want to do in the game, to take some risks with the ball.
“You will take the risk and maybe you fail but they are there to support you and give you the push you need to try again.”