"Fernandes has come in as if he's been a United player for the last 10 years" claims Manchester United legend

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 10:49am

By Josh O'Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Ex-Manchester United midfielder Sammy McIlroy has praised new recruit Bruno Fernandes and the impact the Portuguese star has had since his arrival at Old Trafford.

Fernandes has been nothing short of a revelation since he touched down on Manchester soil, notching three goals and three assists for the Red Devils in just nine appearances for United. 

His performances have been widely cited as a huge factor in Manchester United's rejuvenated form; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men haven't tasted defeat since the 22nd of January when they were victim of a surprise 2-0 defeat at home to Burnley. 

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They have been nothing if not consistent since then, winning seven of their last ten. 

Speaking to The Posh Boys on Love Sport Drive, former Manchester United midfielder Sammy McIlroy thinks Fernandes is the kind of player United have been crying out for.

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"You mentioned the player there, who's helped enormously. Bruno Fernandes. He's the type of player that the fans have been wanting since Pogba's absence you know. Fred's also upped his game. 

"And Fernandes has come in as if he's been a United player for the last 10 years. It's been absolutely unbelievable."

One signing that caused more raised eyebrows and question marks than names on the back of shirts was Odion Ighalo, but the former Watford man has impressed in his cameo appearances since joining on loan in January. 

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Finding the back of the net three times in seven appearances, Ighalo has been a pleasant surprise to many of the Old Trafford faithful, including McIlroy. 

"Listen Ighalo coming as well. A totally different sort of forward from what we've had over the last few years, you know, he's hit the ground running as well with the goals he's scored.

"I think it's going to be a toss up at the end of the season [as to whether he stays permanently]. The boys done no wrong at the minute. Don't get me wrong, he's come in, he's changed things a little bit. He's added goals and strength to the forward line but whether, and I don't mean this disrespectfully, is he a Manchester United player long term? I'm still not sure."

Ultimately, McIlroy was coy over his views on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future. 

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"To be honest with you, there's still some fans sort of sitting on the fence with Ole at the minute. He has made an impact over the last couple of months no doubt about that.

"You know, the run we're on at the moment, the players he's brought in, I think the players he's brought in I don't think anyone can question how they've improved the team. But they're still not sure. Certain supporters thinking long-term Ole's not the man but you can only go and judge by the results at the end of the season.

"I think we'll know a lot more where Ole Solsjkaer is going to go but you've always got that Pochettino in the background, if things go wrong, a couple of bad results, supporters want Pochettino and I'm sure Ole knows all about this but at the moment, you know, there is an improvement in the side and I think you'll see that picture more clearly at the end of the season where Ole wants to be."

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