It is clear that Fernandes operates to the highest standards. The Portugal international demands it of himself and his teammates and also doesn’t hide his frustration when things go wrong.
He’s ready to speak his mind and criticize his teammates and lose three semi-finals last season – and another so far in this campaign – has hit him hard. He wants to win trophies.
In his first United training session he impressed with his demands for the ball and beyond his undoubted ability there is an extraordinary level of self-confidence.
The transformation he brought about in United’s fortunes is not up for debate although there have been valid suggestions that in bigger games he can be called off – as Manchester City has shown in the semi. -final of the League Cup.
Fernandes’ numbers alone are astounding. Since making his Premier League debut for United in February 2020, only Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski – both world-class strikers – have been involved in more goals in Europe’s Big Five than Fernandes (35 goals and 21 assists) .