Fernandes "has been an absolute revelation since he's since he's arrived" claims ex-Manchester United winger

Monday, March 16th, 2020 12:29pm

By Josh O'Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Former Manchester United winger Ben Thornley has heralded the impact of Old Trafford's newest fan favourite Bruno Fernandes since the Portuguese's arrival in January.

Acquired for just over £60 million pounds, Bruno Fernandes seems to be determined to make that figure look more and more of a bargain each time he turns out for the Red Devils.

The Portuguese midfielder was subject of one of the most long-winded ongoing transfer sagas in recent history, but January saw Manchester United and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally get their man. 

Since then, Fernandes has notched three goals and three assists in just ten appearances for United. His most recent contribution came in the form of an assist in United's rampant display away at Austrian outfit LASK in their Europa League last-16 clash.

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United ran out 5-0 winners on the night; Fernandes having a hand in Odion Ighalo's superb strike to open the floodgates.

Speaking to Andy Hodgson's Kicking Off on Love Sport Radio, former Manchester United winger Ben Thornley sung the praises of Fernandes. 

"The ball that he played to find Odion Ighalo for the first goal; I mean credit to Ighalo, the way he sort of juggled it on the edge of the area, and then managed to find a terrific shot. But Fernandes just prior to that, it was a wonderful turn; he did get a little bit of luck along the way but he's still had the presence of mind as somebody came to close him down to sort of volley it with the outside of his right foot into the path of Odion Ighalo on the edge of the box. 

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"We've been missing somebody with his vision and his skill to execute those sorts of passes and who can create goals not just for himself, but obviously for others and he has been an absolute revelation since he's since he's arrived at the football club."

Thornley went on to discuss the United performance as a whole, and how the game being played behind closed doors may have impacted the players on the night. 

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"I mean, you would obviously have to speak to them because it's something that none of them would have experienced before I wouldn't have thought. It certainly never happened to me in a game of such magnitude. I mean, I know we're only talking about the last 16 of the Europa League, but you know that there's a lot riding on it. It's still it's progressing through to the quarter-final for LASK who a few years ago, were in the third tier of the Austrian league.

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"Well, I mean you would obviously have to speak to them because it's something that none of them would have experienced before, I wouldn't have thought and certainly it's never happened to me in a game of such magnitude.

"I mean, I know we're only talking about the last-16 of the Europa League but you know there's a lot riding on it still, it's progressing through to the quarter-final. For LASK who, you know a few years ago were in the third tier of the Asutrian league, it was their game of the century if you like and we know that they have very, very vociferous support.

"They moved the game to this ground that held a few more people because their ground only can hold 6000 people and it turned out in the end that they didn't actually need to move it.

"And so yeah, it was very, very strange, difficult to commentate on at times because when you are playing a game or when you are commentating on a game, obviously the atmosphere from the fans around is projected through to the people that are not in the stadium or watching it on the TV.

"It's very, very difficult. United scored five goals and it's very, very difficult to sort of get across what it was like inside the stadium. I mean normally people would have been going bersek; the 700 united fans would have been over the moon to see us score five goals in a competition that we've struggled to score goals in away from home this season.

"But we put on a five star showing and there was nobody there to see it. It was it was very, very surreal, very surreal."

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