Ian Wright has hailed the impact of Bruno Fernandes on Manchester United, claiming their position is ‘purely down’ to the Portuguese playmaker.
Fernandes has scored 11 goals and provided a further seven assists in the Premier League this season.
His contributions have played a major part in firing United to second in the table, level on points with Liverpool with a game in hand.
And Wright has lauded Fernandes’ influence.
“Bruno Fernandes may easily have the biggest impact I’ve seen of any player that’s signed for any team in the short space of time on a club of that size,” he said on Wrighty’s House.
“The reason why Manchester United are where they are, for me, is purely down to Bruno Fernandes and what he brings to that team.
“What I love about him, when you watch him you can see he’s already had a look and when the ball comes into him he flicks it off into space and someone is running into oceans of space.
“People are trying to get close to him, he might take a touch, bam and someone is away.
“Against Leeds it was a masterclass in his movement and touch. He dragged people all over the place, dragged Kalvin Phillips all over the place.
“It was a beautiful thing to watch. He has had one the biggest impacts I’ve seen anyone have in the Premier League that’s not a striker.
“You look at Mo Salah, how he blasted. It’s normally strikers. He’s a midfielder, when you look at him he’s very slight, there’s hardly anything of him.
“He scored against Everton, it was a Shearer-like header. The timing and the way he headed that in the goal. He just finished, done.”