Bruno Fernandes has explained how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer convinced him to join Manchester United in a January transfer that proved in an instant success.
Fernandes had an immediate impact after joining United in a £50million switch from Sporting Lisbon, with Solskjaer’s side still unbeaten since the midfielder signed.
The Red Devils were on an 11-game unbeaten run when the football season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Fernandes having played in nine of those games and contributed three goals and four assists.
And now Fernandes has revealed the key role United boss Solskjaer played in bringing him to the Premier League.
“Since the beginning I wanted to join Manchester United,” said Fernandes in a Q&A with fans published on United’s website.
“For me, the most important was obviously the confidence of the coach. I need to know I am backed from the coach, because sometimes when you change club, not every time the coach wants you.
“Not like I need to come because the coach wants me to play, no, not like this, but I want to feel the confidence from the coach. ‘You come, you are a choice for me and you come. I need you, I want you’. It’s not like you come and I ask ‘but I will play?’.
“No, this for me is not the point. For me, the point is the confidence he has in me.
“If he has confidence in me, then the rest is working. I need to work to conquer my place, to play, to keep going with games and games and games. For me this is the most important.
“So I feel the confidence from the club and I feel also the confidence from the coach, Ole.”
Fernandes won the Premier League’s player of the month award for February, and was then named United’s player of the month in March.
But while everything is rosy for the Portuguese ace at the moment, he knows there will be a time when he has to fight for his place at United.
And the 25-year-old is ready for that battle.
“You are competing with someone, this one, this one and this one,” he said.
“You need to give more than him and he will be thinking the same way with me and then, if you’re thinking the same way, you can be much better. Me and him.
“It doesn’t matter who plays, you will train better, I will train better and so the team will be better.”