‘He’s going to do great’: Manchester United will benefit from Bruno Fernandes arrival, claims Bernardo Silva as he hails new rival’s ‘mentality’
- Bernardo Silva backs compatriot Bruno Fernandes to succeed at Manchester Utd
- Fernandes completed a £68million move to Old Trafford late in January
- Despite featuring for rivals City, Silva backs Fernandes to settle in Manchester
- Duo have played together for Portugal throughout the age groups to senior level
Bernardo Silva has stated he expects Portugal international team-mate Bruno Fernandes to be a success at Manchester United, after backing him to settle in England.
Fernandes completed a £68million move to Old Trafford at the end of the January transfer window, with the midfielder having been a long term target for the Red Devils.
But despite Fernandes now playing for Manchester City‘s local rivals, Silva has tipped him for success under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Bruno Fernandes made his Manchester United debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers
‘I think [Fernandes] he is going to adapt [to the Premier League], he has already played in Italy when he was younger, so it’s not his first experience abroad,’ Silva told Sky Sports.
‘I’m happy for him, I’m happy that he’s playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world and I think he’s going to do great at Man Utd.
‘The best thing about Bruno is his mentality and the way he gives himself to the team 100 per cent and he just goes in every game. It doesn’t matter who he’s playing against and his mentality and character is the best thing about him.
‘The first time I played with Bruno, we were 18 years old so my first game for Portugal at Under-19s was also Bruno’s first game for Portugal. Then we played together for the U21s, the national team and now we’re both in Manchester so it’s great. We’re rivals but it’s good to have him here.
Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva has tipped his compatriot to succeed at Old Trafford
‘Changing is always complicated, you have to adapt to the way your new team plays, your team-mates, the way the manager wants to play, sometimes new systems. So maybe it will take him a few months but I think it’s good that he’s here and he’ll be a great asset for Man Utd – but hopefully not against Man City.’
Fernandes impressed on his United debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this month, despite his side being held to a goalless draw at Old Trafford.
United are next in action when they take on Chelsea on February 17 at Stamford Bridge, with Fernandes in line to start.
After having their clash with West Ham postponed on Sunday, Silva’s City now face a potential 20-day wait for their next match when they visit Leicester City on February 22.
Silva and Fernandes (bottom right) are team-mates at international level with Portugal