Bruno Fernandes has been praised by Manchester United team-mate Juan Mata. The Portugal international has impressed in matches against Wolves, Chelsea and Club Brugge since joining from Sporting Lisbon during the January transfer window.
It was a good New Year for Manchester United, who signed both Fernandes and Odion Ighalo.
Fernandes has impressed for the club so far, getting his first assist in the 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Monday and catching the eye during a brief cameo in the 1-1 draw with Club Brugge three days later.
And Mata has hailed both the Portugal international and Ighalo, insisting the duo can be vital assets for the Red Devils.
“We welcomed them both,” Mata told the club’s official website.
“Bruno is a very good player, we all know that, and a very nice guy also.
“We have been in contact a lot. He speaks Spanish mixed with Portuguese which is not very different. So he’s a good guy and I think he’s settling in very well.
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“He’s found his place in Manchester [to live] and also with the help of Fred, Andreas and Diogo [Dalot] he’s enjoying it. They’ve helped him a lot.
“Hopefully he can help us in this second part of the season and I’m sure he will because he’s a quality player.”
On Ighalo, he added: “Odion has experience of playing in the Premier League and hopefully he will score many goals for us from now until the end of the season, and, as the manager said, he’s a good character as well and he’s got a good personality which has fitted straight into the dressing room.
“The better he does, then the better for us – and I wish him all the best.”
Both Fernandes and Ighalo are expected to play some part in United’s Premier League clash with Watford on Sunday.
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The Red Devils will be out to avenge the 2-0 defeat suffered to the Hornets earlier in the season.
And Mata has urged United to learn their lessons from that chastening afternoon.
“Yeah, that wasn’t a very good day for us. Neither the performance nor the result,” the Spain international said.
“They have been doing well under their new manager. I always thought they had a very strong team physically and they are difficult to beat.
“So it will be tough but hopefully we can get a good result and from there build until the end of the season.”
And Mata also expressed a belief that the first goal would be key.
“It’s always important to score early if you can because then the game goes more into your direction, you can play more relaxed let’s say, not thinking that you need to score one, two or three goals to win the game, which can happen if you concede first,” he continued.
“So it’s always a plus.
“We have had some games in which we didn’t score first but we still won the game through a comeback which is always a nice feeling, but I would always rather score first.
“This game is at Old Trafford and we need to focus on starting it very strongly and try to create as much as we can and try to be commanding in our performance.”
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