Rio Ferdinand asked Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani what Bruno Fernandes would bring to Manchester United– and he was happy with their answers.
Former United defender Ferdinand revealed he had spoken to his two Portuguese former team-mates about their compatriot Fernandes, who joined the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon on Thursday.
Big things are expected of the midfielder, who signed a five-and-a-half year deal, with United paying an initial £46.6million which could rise to £67.8m with add-ons.
“I’ve spoken to a few of his teammates at national level and club level,’ Ferdinand told FIVE.
“Nani, my old teammate, says he’s a fantastic player, says he’s perfect for England. Says he’s got all the tools, all the right attributes.
“Cristiano said he’s fantastic, creates chances for him [for Portugal]. He can manipulate the ball, take the ball, confident.
“These is the type of things that you want to hear when Manchester United are signing a player.
“So fans, based on what I’ve heard about him and what I’ve seen, I’m hopeful and confident that this guy can go out there and do the job.”
United have at times this season struggled to break down teams who set up to frustrate at Old Trafford – and Ferdinand reckons Fernandes can help unlock defences.
“He’s a player who knows how to create chances,” said Ferdinand in quotes reported by Metro.
“Man United have not found it difficult when they’ve had to counter-attack teams, when teams have come on to them and they’ve had a little bit less possession they’ve been able to counter-attack with the speed and pace they’ve got up front.
“But where they’ve found it hard and difficult is when they’ve played against teams who sit there and wait, especially at Old Trafford.
‘[Teams] who wait to be beaten, who play tight lines between their players, they’ve found it difficult when there isn’t space in behind for those road runners to run on to.
“But this is where someone like Bruno Fernandes can come in and play a pivotal role for Manchester United.
“He’s a certain person who can look for that bit of imagination, that creativity, that patience around the box, that ability to hit the ball from the edge of the box and score a screamer.
“This is what Manchester United have been missing, especially with Paul Pogba out.”