Juan Mata explains how Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo have fit in at Man Utd

Manchester United secured the signings of Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo in January as they push to secure Champions League qualification, and Juan Mata was delighted to see them arrive.

The Spanish veteran has now discussed how the Portugal and Nigeria internationals have settled in, with both set to feature against Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.

“We welcomed them both,” Mata said of the new additions.

“Bruno is a very good player, we all know that, and a very nice guy also. We have been in contact a lot.

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“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.

“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.

“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.

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“The better he does, then the better for us – and I wish him all the best.”

Fernandes joined for an initial £46.6m from Sporting Lisbon, with Ighalo joining on loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua on loan until the end of the season.

Although the former is now contracted until the summer of 2025, Solskjaer hinted that his new striker could also secure a permanent deal rather than leaving in June.

He said: “It’s a loan, but when you’re in the door and if you impress it gives you a chance.

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“That’s exactly the same for everyone who signs if it’s permanent or it’s a loan.

“If you impress as a player, if you impress as a person, if you can help this group improve, then of course there’s a chance that we’ll look at extending things.

“That doesn’t just go for Odion, but since you asked, yes, of course his incentive is to play as well as he can.

“And it’s up to us to make sure that he’d want to stay if we wanted him.”

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