Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has questioned why the Red Devils faced little competition for the signature of Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese star continued his brilliant start to life at Old Trafford with his second goal for the club in a 5-0 win against Club Brugge on Thursday.
Fernandes attracted interest from United last summer but the Red Devils refused to meet Sporting’s £72m valuation of the midfielder. However, after lengthy negotiations in January, United eventually bagged the former Udinese star for an initial fee of £47m, which could rise to £67m.
Despite United’s clear interest in Fernandes, they faced little competition for the midfielder and Scholes, who has been complimentary about the midfielder’s performances, cannot believe the lack of suitors for the Portuguese.
Asked what’s impressed him about Fernandes, Scholes replied: ‘Everything so far.
‘Creativity as we said. Awareness on the pitch. Before the ball comes he knows what’s happening. He’s sensational. More often than not he makes the right pass.
‘He’s got goals in him. you just wonder why nobody else came in for him or why we didn’t get him in the summer.
‘We say is he a no10 or no8 and when I I think of him the only other player I can think of is Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester City.
‘He [De Bruyne] is the best player in the Premier League but Fernandes is right up there.’
It was an altogether excellent night for the Reds, who scored five goals in a European match for the first time in five years.
Fred scored his second and third goals for the club with a double in the second half, while Odion Ighalo scored on his full debut for the Red Devils.
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