Dean Ashton believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would not be Manchester United manager if it were not for the incredible impact of Bruno Fernandes.
It is almost 12 months since the Portugal international arrived at Old Trafford in a January window move from Sporting Lisbon which looks set to rise to £67million.
Bruno Fernandes is undoubtedly the star man at Manchester UnitedGetty Images – Getty
After plundering goals for fun in the Portuguese league, United had tried for the entirety of the 2019 summer window to complete the deal, but were continually scuppered as negotiations dragged on.
However, the midfielder has proved to be worth the wait. Since moving to Manchester, Fernandes boasts incredible statistics but it is his desire to win and passion for the game which almost single-handedly drives the club forward.
After providing yet another match-winning pass for Marcus Rashford against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night, Dean Ashton joined Drive on talkSPORT to praise the 26-year-old for keeping his boss in a job.
“He is that good, honestly, if you look at what he has done since going in,” Ashton said. “We always talk about the enormity of playing for a club like Manchester United.
Man United signed Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020Getty Images – Getty
“For some players, it takes time to adapt. I’ve heard players who have played for the likes of Manchester United saying what a huge step up it is.
“They didn’t realise just what came with playing for a club like Manchester United. Well he has walked in there as if they are lucky to have him!
“He’s gone in there with that sort of confidence as if to say, ‘you have been waiting for me and now I am going to show you why.’
“He’s played 29 times in the Premier League for Manchester United, he has had 32 goal involvements – 18 goals and 14 assists. Another part to a top player that I always look at is how they improve everybody else.
“He doesn’t want to be compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, but he will be!”
“He’s walked in to #MUFC as they’re lucky to have him.”
“Would Ole still be in the job without him? No…”@TheDeanAshton heaps the praise on to Bruno Fernandes pic.twitter.com/c80nSJRWrH
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 30, 2020
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can always rely on his Portuguese talismanGetty Images – Getty
“Is anybody else getting better alongside you? Absolutely. Marcus Rashford is suddenly flourishing because he knows, as a forward, that the minute Bruno gets the ball he can make the run.
“You know the ball is going to come, it is going to have the right weight on it, he’s going to be a step ahead of the defender because of the quality and the vision Bruno has got.
“Would Ole still be in the job without Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United? No, he wouldn’t.”