Pundit Tony Cascarino says Bruno Fernandes’ influence on Manchester United is similar to Kevin de Bruyne’s impact at Manchester City.
Fernandes has scored seven goals and assisted six others in 14 appearances since signing for United in January.
The Portugal international has transformed a Red Devils midfield previously criticised for its lack of creativity.
Fernandes has also made those around him better, forming a strong partnership with Paul Pogba.
What’s more, United have rewarded Nemanja Matic with a new contract after his stellar performances in his role behind the aforementioned duo.
“Bruno Fernandes has not just added his qualities to the Manchester United team, he is making other players better,” Cascarino wrote in his Times column.
“He has three players in front of him who all have pace and make clever runs, and suddenly they now have a teammate who can see them and find them.
“He gives United something close to what Kevin De Bruyne gives Manchester City, and it has been especially important for United in games against lower-placed opponents who defend deep and can be tough to open up.”
De Bruyne is one of the Premier League’s best players, responsible for much of City’s creativity.
Indeed, the Belgium international currently tops the division for assists this term, with 17 to his name.
Fernandes, meanwhile has allowed United’s front three to get on the end of more chances.
Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford all scored on Saturday, with Fernandes assisting two goals.
FERNANDES GIVES MAN UTD REASONS TO SMILE
Fernandes’ form has corresponded with United’s, with the club unbeaten in 16 matches.
Such a run bodes well heading into the final five games of the season, with the Red Devils chasing a top-four finish.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men still have to face the likes of Aston Villa, Southampton and West Ham.