The “arrogance” of Bruno Fernandes has shown Manchester United what they’ve been missing, according to Peter Crouch.
Summer interest in the 25-year-old turned into an active pursuit last month, with protracted negotiations with Sporting Lisbon finally bearing fruit towards the end of the transfer window.
Fernandes arrived for an initial 55 million euros (£46.6million) and, while that could rise to 80 million euros (£67.7million) if a variety of targets are reached, United look to have struck a good deal.
The Portugal international has been man of the match in all three United starts to date, having followed up fine displays against Wolves and Chelsea with a goal and an assist as Watford were beaten 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday.
“He’s lifted the club and fans and looks like a leader,” Crouch told Match of the Day 2. “He’s got a bit of arrogance about him and United need that.
“He sees passes and has a fantastic range of passes. He’s mobile.
“He can open doors – he reminds me of Juan Mata in that sense, but Mata can’t run in behind, use his pace and win that penalty.
“He’s breeding confidence in other players all day. I’d have loved to have been on the end of his crosses.
“The fans are loving every minute of it.”
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