Manchester United signed Bruno Fernandes from Sporting in January and the Portugal international has immediately hit the ground, scoring three goals and managing four assists in all competitions.
The 25-year-old’s impressive start to life in England has seen him grab the Premier League Player of the Month award for February.
Fernandes appeared on Cronache di Spogliatoio’s Instagram page to discuss various topics and his comments have been relayed by Cronache di Spogliatoio‘s official website.
On winning the Player of Month, he said: “I still can’t believe it (he smiles, ed). I lived an important month; I was very well received. My teammates helped me a lot by giving me confidence.”
The attacking midfielder was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League last summer, but no deal took shape. After spending the first half of the season with Sporting, Fernandes sealed a move to Old Trafford in the winter market.
He’s revealed his thoughts about the first time he visited United’s training facilities and walked out of the tunnel at Old Trafford.
“When I went for the medical tests, I realised that I was in another dimension. Inside the training centre you can make any visit, it’s impressive,” the player stressed.
“You say, ‘This is really one of the most important clubs in the world.’ And then there is the entrance to Old Trafford: the warm up with nobody in the stands, enter the tunnel before the match and as soon as you put your foot on the pitch, you hear an incredible noise.
“I shivered, I dreamed of playing there as a child. If you talk about stadiums, I tell you: San Siro and Old Trafford are the most iconic. They have a different panache.”
Fernandes also spoke about his compatriot and former United star, Cristiano Ronaldo.
“From the beginning he treated me very well in the national team. We young people look at him as an idol, for me he always has been,” the new United star explained.
“It was very important on the first day with the national team. He came to me, saying: ‘You are doing well at Sporting. Play your cards here. Keep it up.’
“It was a dream for me: he had come to me, not vice versa. Those words make the difference, even just the fact that he came. When we look at the best players, we respect them, but that gesture left a mark.”