Manchester United January signing Bruno Fernandes couldn’t inspire his side to victory in his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers as the Red Devils fell to a goalless draw against the Wolves at Old Trafford.
However, the Portugal international’s performance was more than satisfactory as he showed glimpses of his talent and thrice forced Rui Patricio to make a save.
The former Sporting Lisbon star took to social media networking site Twitter after the match and tweeted his feelings thus: “Happy with my debut! Looking for the next game and grab the 3 points!”
Happy with my debut 💥 Looking for the next game and grab the 3 points! 🔴⚫️ pic.twitter.com/kXns5b6BhV
— Bruno Fernandes (@B_Fernandes8) February 1, 2020
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pursued signing of the 25-year-old for the entire transfer window, and finally succeeded in bringing him to the Theatre of Dreams for 55m euros (£47m) but add-ons could increase the overall cost to 80m euros (£67.7m) on a five-and-a-half year deal from Sporting Lisbon, according to BBC
The Red Devils boss explained after the game that the role Fernandes was asked to play maybe nullified his attacking threat, but was encouraged by the Portuguese midfielder performance and feels he will go on to be a key player for the club.
Solskjaer told Sky Sports via Goal.com
“Bruno is a top player. It’s the first game. First half everyone was getting the ball into feet and Bruno is one of those who, when he gets into feet, he wants players moving in front of him and we didn’t move enough in front of him. We moved him further back to get him on the ball more. He’ll be a top, top addition.”
Solskjaer’s side are currently six points behind Champions League qualification place in the Premier League table with their next challenge coming against Chelsea after the winter break at Stamford Bridge.
If the Red Devils hope to pip Frank Lampard’s side for the European qualification spot by the end of the season, then beating them at their home could be a huge confidence boost for United.