Bruno Fernandes stands out and won’t flop like Man Utd predecessors

Manchester United new boy Bruno Fernandes has been hailed by Peter Crouch for his leadership qualities after demonstrating a wide range of attributes in his first five games at the club.

Previous big money signings such as Angel Di Maria and Henrikh Mkhitaryan failed to settle at Old Trafford and could not adapt to the frenetic pace of Premier League football.

But Fernandes has coped admirably since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon, scoring and recording an assist in his last Premier League outing against Watford .

And Crouch sang the £67.6m signing's praises ahead of Man Utd's clash with Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow.

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"When Manchester United signed Bruno Fernandes last month, I expressed my concerns about the possibility of him ending up like other big signings," he wrote in his Daily Mail column.

"Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku were four examples I gave of players who arrived at Old Trafford and failed to live up to their star billing.

"It is encouraging to see, then, that Fernandes has made a bright start to buck the trend.

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"I watched him closely against Watford and Club Bruges and the one thing that strikes me about him is his leadership.

"He shouts at people, he wants to set an example and, most of all, he wants to take responsibility.

"The United shirt has proven a heavy one to wear for too many players in recent years. These are early days, of course, but I don’t think Fernandes will suffer from the weight of expectation and he looks to be just the player they need.

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"I used to play against United teams that had leaders in every single position on the field — they were men, big characters who never knew when they were beaten.

"The best compliment I can pay to Fernandes is that he looks to have the same attributes as those who went before him. It only takes one man to change the atmosphere and that is what he has done."

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