Bruno Fernandes has claimed the intensity and rhythm of the Premier League caught him by surprise during his debut for Manchester United on Saturday evening.
A long-running transfer saga and protracted negotiations with Sporting Lisbon finally bore fruit on Thursday as the 25-year-old completed his switch to Old Trafford.
Fernandes arrived to much fanfare and a fee that could reach €80million (£67.2million), but the midfielder comfortably dealt with the pressure in a promising debut against Wolves.
The midfielder was arguably United’s biggest threat in the game and came close on two occasions to breaking the deadlock; that despite the player only having two training sessions with his new teammates prior to making a start.
And reflecting on his debut, Portuguese paper Record claims Fernandes was “surprised by the intensity and rhythm of English football” though also claimed he was “absolutely delighted” with his first outing for the Red Devils.
And Fernandes’ debut also made a positive impression on United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who said of the player: “Bruno is a top player. It’s the first game. First half everyone was getting the ball into feet and Bruno is one of those who, when he gets into feet, he wants players moving in front of him and we didn’t.
“Bruno Fernandes will become a top footballer. Give him time and he will become a very good addition for us.
“We dropped him deeper to get him on the ball and I thought him and Fred did very well.
“His demeanour, smile, everything about him is a boost for everyone. He is a genuine lad, a top professional and he is a winner.
“Today we saw glimpses of his character and we will see more and more.”