Of the many millions of pounds Manchester United have invested in new players since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, the £47m spent recruiting Bruno Fernandes is perhaps proving their shrewdest. Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have also been significant signings, but it was Fernandes’ arrival in January 2020 that transformed their season from one that was likely to conclude in disappointment to one that finished with them qualifying for the Champions League.
“Bruno has come and been fantastic,” Solskjaer said of the midfielder whose first 14 Premier League appearances brought him eight goals and seven assists. “He has brought that winning mentality with him – that 99 per cent is not good enough. It has to be 100 per cent.”