There’s been few more positive things in the world of Manchester United recently than Bruno Fernandes.
His name had been linked with most of the world’s biggest sides in the last couple of seasons or so, but when the Red Devils were actually able to sign him in January, it wasn’t known how he would cope at the very highest level.
And that was perhaps the reason why it’s taken so long for him to leave Sporting Lisbon.
But Thursday night’s performance in Austria, a game in which Betfred promo code users cashed in, epitomised how well he’s settled into life at the biggest club in the world.
He may have only scored one assist in the 5-0 rout by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, but Fernandes pulled the strings for most of the game, laying the foundations for the late flurry of goals that have made progression a near certainty.
The 25-year-old will be especially disappointed by the footballing hiatus in Europe given the form that he’s been able to display in his early Man United career.
It’s taken him just nine matches to rack up seven goal contributions, making the transition to the best league in world football look seamless in the process.
And if his ability on the pitch wasn’t enough, the relationship he’s been able to strike up with the Old Trafford faithful in such a short period of time has been massively impressive.
Perhaps it’s down to the passion he so clearly has for the badge, as well as the things he’s been doing in that number ten position.
Fernandes has almost single-handedly breathed new life into United and now, unbeaten in 11, their Europa League, FA Cup and Premier League top four bids are very much alive and kicking.
Let’s not forget that, of course, Ed Woodward did spend a pretty penny on the number 18, though if he continues like this you don’t need any more information or proof, he’ll be value for money and more.
It was always going to be hard not to think about one player when considering a new Portuguese Old Trafford hero, Cristiano Ronaldo.
And whilst it would be lazy to compare two very different styles of player, there’s no doubt that Fernandes has the potential to achieve everything that the famous number seven did in Manchester and maybe more.
And if Solskjaer can continue to lure stars like the 25-year-old to Sir Matt Busby Way, the future of the club does look very bright indeed.