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Bruno Fernandes: How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer manages me

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes celebrate after the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Peter Powell-REUTERS

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes is enjoying playing for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Fernandes has been a sensation since his January arrival.

He said: “The manager was very clear when I arrived at the club.

“He told me to not be afraid, to just be myself, that he knew full well why he had sought me out, and what I was capable of doing – to continue to take risks in a match and maintain the same mentality that I had at Sporting; to keep giving instructions on the pitch.

“It helped a lot to have already played abroad, in Italy. I left Portugal at a young age, I had to make my mark in football by myself – against everything and everyone, as we say.

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“That helped in the fact that today I’m a more grown up, more mature person, which makes settling in easier.

“Everybody at Manchester United has been amazing. I was lucky to play in my first league game, then we had the February Premier League break.

“United had a small break in Marbella where I got more sense of what the club’s ideas were, the coach’s ideas.

“I got to know my team-mates better. I’d seen them playing, but I became better aware of their qualities and found out what I could do to improve the team.”

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