One of Bruno Fernandes’ former Sampdoria teammates claims that the Manchester United midfielder only “exploded” after gaining a better understanding of tactics.
The Portuguese star is now widely regarded as one of the best players in the Premier League, and he has had a huge impact at Old Trafford since joining from Sporting Lisbon in January.
Fernandes’ senior career began in Italy, and in 2016 he made the move from Udinese to spend one season at Sampdoria before returning to Portugal.
And according to ex-Sampdoria goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, not everyone had faith that Fernandes would become the success that he has.
Speaking in an interview with TMW Radio, he said: “I was one of the few who supported him.
“Bruno has always had everything, only that he arrived in Italy and he lacked tactics and intensity.
“He learned it and now it has exploded, also because he has everything: right, left, technique but also an incredible run.
“He is a technical leader, which Manchester United perhaps lacked.”
Fernandes has very much picked up where he left off this season, and has scored seven goals and created three assists in ten Premier League games so far.
He won United’s Player of the Month award for November, and it is incredibly the fifth time in eight months that he has claimed the accolade.
United will be desperately hoping he can continue his fine form in the crucial games coming up over the festive period.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need just a point to secure qualification from their Champions League group when they take on PSG on Wednesday.
They then travel to West Ham on Saturday as they look to make it four wins in a row in the Premier League.