Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes had an impressive time at Sporting before agreeing his move to Manchester United in January 2020.

The midfielder had been a star in his country for a couple of years, and the move to a big Premier League side was no surprise at the time.

What few people remember, however, is that he had not so great years in Italy before that. The player left Portugal in 2012, having then featured for Novara, Udinese and Sampdoria, whom he left in 2017.

That subject was brought up during the Champions League match between Atletico Madrid and Manchester United last night, when former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio pointed that out, speaking to Amazon Prime.

“It would have been nice to see him in a big Italian club. In Udine he was blocked by Di Natale, then he did well in Genoa but nobody had faith in his talent, which exploded in England,” said Claudio Marchisio (via Sampdoria News).

Since Fernandes’ arrival at Manchester United, he has racked up 49 goals and 39 assists in 114 matches for the club.

His latest pass to a goal was made last night, when assisting for Anthony Elanga to score Manchester United’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw.