Ole Gunnar Solskjaer details the impact Bruno Fernandes has had on Man Utd squad

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained how Bruno Fernandes has impacted the Manchester United squad following his January transfer.

Fernandes joined the Red Devils last month from Sporting Lisbon and has made a positive impression in his early appearances for the Old Trafford outfit.

The Portuguese midfielder grabbed his first United goal in the 3-0 win over Watford, opening the scoring from the penalty spot after he had been brought down by Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Fernandes also grabbed an assist, laying on the pass as Mason Greenwood scored the third after Anthony Martial had earlier doubled United’s lead.

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And United boss Solskjaer has revealed the positive impact his new recruit has had on the rest of the squad.

Solskjaer said: ”He has done fantastic. He has given everyone a boost.

“He wants the ball all the time, he wants to conduct the play. I am very pleased for him.

“He has done something to the crowd. He shows the attributes of a Manchester United player. He is a great addition to the squad."

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United’s win over Watford moves them up to fifth in a congested top half of the Premier League.

On the victory, Solskjaer added: "It was a very important performance. We have given ourselves a mountain to climb at times by winning and then losing and not being consistent.

“They were always going to give problems but we did not have to hand it to them like we did after two minutes.

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"Great recovery by Luke Shaw after the defenders made a bit of a hash of it.

“The way we grew in the game, we looked fit, we looked strong, we created more space. The tireder they got, the better we were.

“We want to be in the Champions League. We have four big games coming up. It’s an important month for us."

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