'He reminds me of Scholes' - Solskjaer on how Bruno Fernandes surprised him

'He reminds me of Scholes' - Solskjaer on how Bruno Fernandes surprised him

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the demanding standards being set by Manchester United new boy Bruno Fernandes can have a positive impact on the rest of this squad.

Fernandes has made a fast start to life at Old Trafford and in a 10 minute cameo against Club Brugge on Thursday night he showed how important he has already become to the United side.

He will be back in the starting line-up to face Watford in the Premier League on Sunday, having claimed his first assist in the 2-0 win at Chelsea last Monday.

While Solskjaer knew all about the quality of United's £47million January acquisition, he has been surprised by Fernandes' leadership skills and how his desire to get the very best out of himself is rubbing off on his teammates.

Solskjaer also sees familiarities on the pitch with a former United midfielder he played alongside, in Paul Scholes.

"He's another conductor, a leader and winner. He wants to win, He doesn't take 99 per cent as good enough and he's impressed me," Solskjaer said.

"That's something you see when you watch him but you don't really know about until you have him in your group. He's been absolutely top class.

"He reminds me of Scholes as a player but definitely a different type of personality off the pitch."

Fernandes was only a substitute in Belgium on Thursday night for United's Europa League last-32 first leg tie, but he made an impact off the bench late on.

Solskjaer was also impressed with his approach to being benched and the way he went around those in the starting XI to encourage them.

"[On Thursday] when he's on the bench, he walks around, he speaks to the players who start, he helps them, he gives them points," he said.

"I've been very impressed by him. And the 10 minutes he played you could say that there's a difference in our team. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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