Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov says he is optimistic that new £68m signing Bruno Fernandes will be a success at Old Trafford after watching his debut against Wolves last weekend.
The Bulgarian did say that the midfielder will need to get used to the physicality of the Premier League, but he was left in no doubt that the Portuguese international has the attributes to succeed in England:
“Bruno Fernandes performed well on his debut against Wolves. He will need a few games to get used to the rhythm of the team but the Portuguese midfielder showed that he’s an intelligent player, with an eye for a killer pass and powerful shot.”
“As he grows into his role, I can see Fernandes controlling games. But there were a couple of incidents that suggested he needs to work on the physical side of his game. The Premier League is the most physical league, much tougher than the Portuguese league and faster too.”
“The signs are good for Fernandes and I am looking forward to United’s next match, following the winter break, to see how he slots into United’s system and if he can add creativity.”
Fernandes is certainly a player who has the potential to provide that spark in attack that United have been missing this season but it is important not to get too carried away about the midfielder’s first appearance.
He was brought to the club in order to score goals and provide assists, and supporters will be hoping that he contributes a great deal in the final third of the pitch over the coming weeks and months as United look to push on in the second half of the campaign.