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Bruno Fernandes has changed Manchester United

Fernandes has already established himself as a fan favourite at United, helping his new club back into the fight for the Premier League top four.

Bruno Fernandes has changed Manchester United
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Bruno Fernandes has only played eight games for Manchester United since his arrival from Sporting CP, but Old Trafford is already in love. The Portuguese midfielder has lifted his team-mates to new levels, helping the Red Devils to get themselves back into the battle to qualify for the Champions League.

Bruno Fernandes still unbeaten in the Manchester United shirt

With three goals and three assists, Fernandes is clearly a fan favourite at the moment. After beating Manchester City 2-0 in the derby on Sunday, United are fifth in the Premier League, just three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. The 25-year-old hasn't lost yet with his new club. Without Marcus Rashford, still injured, Fernandes is the new leader.

His understanding with Anthony Martial is also there for all to see. Against City, Fernandes found the French striker for the opening goal with a chipped free-kick. And he could also have scored a few minutes before.

Bruno Fernandes celebrates with Anthony Martial after the Frenchman's goal against Manchester City on Sunday.

Fernandes has the "X-factor", says United boss Solskjaer

"He's a risk taker, he's got courage, he's brave enough to make mistakes and if you make enough mistakes they'll be corrected into fantastic assists or goals," United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. "He works hard, he's humble enough, he's got the desire, the commitment, but he's also got the X-factor."

Manchester United are unbeaten in the last 10 games, only one short of the total managed by Solskjaer when he first took charge of the club as a caretaker in December 2018.

Before joining United in January, Fernandes had scored 14 goals and assisted 10 times for Sporting this season - and he's replicating that form in the Premier League.