Paul Scholes has described the way Bruno Fernandes has “transformed” Manchester United as “ridiculous”.
Fernandes has made a huge impact since joining United from Sporting CP in January 2020. He provided eight goals and seven assists from his first 14 appearances in the Premier League last season.
The Portugal international has now reached 10 goals for the current season, as well as six assists, from just 14 games. He is on target to reach his ambition of contributing to more goals than the number of games he plays by the end of the season.
Fernandes was in fine form on Boxing Day, setting up one goal and scoring the other for United in a 2-2 draw with Leicester. Once again, he proved himself to be fundamental to his side.
After his involvement in that game, former United midfielder Scholes heaped praise on the 26-year-old.
“It’s ridiculous really, how well he’s doing,” Scholes told BT Sport (as quoted by the Mirror).
“We knew he’d make a big difference to this team when he came in and he’s been sensational.
“As I said before he came, United really struggled to create a chance. They kept possession well but couldn’t create a chance, couldn’t score a goal. He’s totally transformed the team.”
Fernandes in line for new deal
Fernandes’ impact is not just being recognised by pundits, but also by those inside the club.
Recent reports suggested that the playmaker could be in line for a new contract, which would include a wage rise to reflect his influence on the team.
His deal currently runs until 2025, with the option for an extra year. However, United could tie his future down even further than that.