Ryan Giggs has heaped praise on Bruno Fernandes and highlighted the impact the Portuguese midfielder has had on his Manchester United teammates.
Fernandes, 25, has been one of United's standout performers since his £47million arrival from Sporting Lisbon in the January transfer window.
He has scored two goals and assisted three times in the Premier League to win the Player of the Month award for February and provided a further goal and assist in the Europa League.
Fernandes' performances contributed to the Red Devils' impressive 11-match unbeaten run across all competitions prior to the season being suspended by the coronavirus outbreak.
His displays for United have raised the bar for his teammates, according to Giggs – who also praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's recruitment strategy.
"It was a shame we had to pause the season because we were flying," he told MUTV Group Chat.
"Ole started his management with United flying, then had a tough spell, and then we were on a good run.
"But the players he's got in have been really impressive. They've improved the team and the dressing room and obviously, in Fernandes, we've seen over the years the effect one player can sometimes have.
"You talk about the Cantonas, the van Persies… and I'm not comparing him yet to them but he's made other players play better and he's given everyone a lift.
"I still think we need four or five players but we're definitely going in the right direction."
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