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Bernardo Silva: Bruno Fernandes Will Be 'A Great Asset' for Manchester United

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2020

LISBON, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 11: Bernardo Silva of Portugal celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier match between Portugal and Luxembourg at Estadio Jose Alvalade on October 11, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)
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Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has backed his Portugal team-mate Bruno Fernandes to be a big success in the Premier League.

Fernandes had long been linked with a switch to the Red Devils before he completed his transfer from Sporting CP in the January transfer window. The playmaker made his debut for the club in the 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Feb. 1.

Silva has played alongside Fernandes frequently with their national team, and speaking to Sky Sports, the City star said he thinks his compatriot will thrive in English football:

"I think he is going to adapt [to the Premier League], he has already played in Italy when he was younger, so it's not his first experience abroad. I'm happy for him, I'm happy that he's playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world and I think he's going to do great at United.

"The best thing about Bruno is his mentality and the way he gives himself to the team 100 per cent and he just goes in every game. It doesn't matter who he's playing against and his mentality and character is the best thing about him.

"...Changing is always complicated, you have to adapt to the way your new team plays, your team-mates, the way the manager wants to play, sometimes new systems so maybe it will take him a few months but I think it's good that he's here and he'll be a great asset for United—but hopefully not against City."

Fernandes will be hoping to bring a thrust and incision to the United midfield that's been lacking for long spells of the 2019-20 season, with Paul Pogba missing the majority of the campaign because of injury.

Although the Portuguese was unable to unlock the Wolves defence in his first Premier League experience, there were plenty of positives in his display:

Premier League @premierleague

5️⃣ shots 3️⃣ shots on target 8️⃣8️⃣ passes Bruno Fernandes had more shots, shots on target and made more passes than any other Man Utd player on his #PL debut 🇵🇹 #MUNWOL https://t.co/0ocml6naFJ

As Squawka Football highlighted, during his time in Lisbon, Fernandes was frequently firing shots at goal:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Bruno Fernandes was directly involved in a shot once every 14.3 minutes in the Primeira Liga for Sporting CP: → 83 appearances → 271 shots attempted → 239 chances created 64 goals and 46 assists across all competitions in total. 🤯 https://t.co/JrY4UQDARw

Silva needed a season to fully adjust to life in the Premier League, before cementing his place in the City team in 2018-19. The former Monaco man was crucial to Pep Guardiola's team winning a historic domestic treble, thriving in both central midfield and on the right flank.

It wouldn't be a huge surprise if Fernandes also took some time to adjust. While he shone in the Portuguese top flight, in England he will need to adapt his game to a higher tempo and a more physical brand of football.

After a decent start to his United career, supporters will be excited to see their new man in action again. They take on Chelsea on February 17, seeking to reduce the gap to the Blues in the race for a top-four berth.

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