sport news Fernandes looked an intelligent midfield playmaker on Man United debut

From the moment he enjoyed several hugs in the Old Trafford tunnel before kick-off – mainly from Portuguese international team-mates in the Wolves side – Bruno Fernandes looked at home on debut in his new surroundings.

He looked a clearly gifted and intelligent midfield playmaker. The challenge for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on this evidence will be putting out 10 other United players good enough to be on his wavelength.

Most pleasing is his willingness to make an impact, something Sir Alex Ferguson always looked for in whether potential signings were ' players'. It was noticeable United's first three shots on target all came from the new signing, as did the first booking.

Bruno Fernandes was put straight into the starting line-up following his arrival this week

Bruno Fernandes was put straight into the starting line-up following his arrival this week

By also creating a feelgood factor that deterred a potential walk-out from fans protesting against The Glazer regime, Ed Woodward will feel Fernandes has already earned the first chunk of his transfer fee.

It's been a long and complicated road to the Premier League for the 25-year-old who nearly joined Spurs last summer. It says a lot for United's current problems that he was received like the new Messiah by the Stretford End following his move from Sporting Lisbon that could rise to £68million add-ons.

He's already got a catchy chant, the 'Bruu-no' one once reserved for Frank, but expecting him to fix all of United's well-documented creative and technical deficiencies is a lot of pressure for someone whose sole Champions League campaign ended in the group stages three years ago.

At least, his arrival gives United hope at a time when even Woodward's house has been targeted by extreme members of the fanbase. The roar that greeted his name being read out was in stark contrast to the toxicity of the previous Premier League game at Old Trafford against Burnley.

On the pitch, there were pleasing early signs from the newcomer who has already shown confidence by taking Paul Scholes' old No 18 shirt.

Deployed in the No 10 role in a 4-2-3-1, he scored 51 goals in three seasons at Sporting, Fernandes showed hunger to get on the end of a one-two with Anthony Martial and took the ball from David de Gea at one stage before running with the ball to halfway and switching play.

The 25-year-old midfielder looked at home on debut in his new surroundings on Saturday

The 25-year-old midfielder looked at home on debut in his new surroundings on Saturday

It was simple but assured and the Stretford End applauded after witnessing a season of deep defending and hurry-scurry on the counter.

Solskjaer has mentioned the player's leadership qualities and there was evidence of that when he emphatically signalled Fred to play a pass out to the right hand side. Fred did what he was told and United were able to build an attack. The midfield pair also

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