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Bruno Fernandes cares about success, not making mistakes, says Nani

The former Man Utd winger believes his compatriot is perfect for life at Old Trafford due to his approach to the game

 
12:02pm on Thursday 26th November 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Bruno Fernandes is perfect for Man Utd because he doesn't care if he makes a mistake, says former United winger Nani.

Fernandes has been a revelation since moving to Old Trafford in January of 2020, and has been a bright spark in an otherwise dour domestic campaign so far in the 2020/21 season.

In eight Premier League appearances so far in the new season, he has scored six goals and recorded three assists.

He is viewed as the maverick playmaker behind the striker that United have been missing, and Nani reckons his ability to attempt things without fear of consequence only benefits this current United team.

“A big part of this team is Bruno Fernandes, who I used to play with at Sporting," he told the United Review.

"Bruno now is a much better player than when we were playing together. He was doing great in Portugal but the Portuguese league is not the same as the Premier League – in everything there is more quality and intensity.

“I saw so much potential in Bruno and I told him to go to England if he decided to move to another league. I said to him, ‘Your game will fit there and the fans will go crazy for you!’

“The style of his football is something fans appreciate. He is a player who likes to take risks in the game, who wants to take the responsibility of the game on his back and make difficult passes, dribbles and shots.

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“He doesn’t care about mistakes; he only thinks about success and making the team have success. He knows what that takes. That’s Man United, isn’t it?

“All the years of success at the club were achieved with that approach. Every player in the team, from goalkeeper to striker, took risks. We all knew the timing, when we should be calm, but all our games had passion, quality and the freedom to take risks if the result wasn’t coming.

Despite Fernandes' efforts, Man Utd are toiling in the league.

They have won just four of their opening eight matches and currently sit 10th in the table.

The Red Devils did, however, bounce back from a loss against Basaksehir in the Champions League before the international break to defeat the Turkish side 4-1 in the return game on Tuesday.

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