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Bruno Fernandes Might Be The Soundest Man In English Football Right Now

Bruno Fernandes Might Be The Soundest Man In English Football Right Now
By Donny Mahoney Updated

We're not the only ones who've noticed that Manchester United's fortunes turned around exactly when Bruno Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford. Given Ed Woodword's woeful form as a talent spotter, fans were right to be cynical about the price tag attached to the Portuguese midfielder, but Fernandes has been a classy presence both on and off the field.

His deft back heel in setting up Anthony Martial's third goal last night was just further proof of his brilliance.

United fans are in raptures about the signing:

Fernandes's brilliance goes beyond technical ability. In the last 24 hours, we've received legitimate certification in Bruno's measure as a man. As part of a fascinating and wide-ranging interview with Danny Taylor of The Athletic, Stephen Ireland revealed that Fernandes worshipped the Cobhman when he was in his pomp in the late noughties.

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Apparently, Fernandes  currently lives three doors down from Ireland and enjoys kickabouts with Ireland's kids. Ireland said:

“He told me that, as a kid, he had a poster of me. He said that when he played Football Manager he always signed me.

“I was like, ‘You had me on a poster? And, seriously, you sign me for Football Manager?’ I mean, how weird is that?”

It's a bit weird and a bit unbelievable, but it's proof ultimately that Fernandes is an original thinker. Equally interesting is Fernandes's desire to share this story with Ireland, and befriend him and his family.  You can see the boost that this endorsement gave to Ireland - he's suddenly talking about getting international caps again.

Meanwhile, Fernandes is constantly using his social media platforms to dish out love for his teammates. In the last 24 hours alone, he's praised Anthony Martial on his first United hat-trick and Juan Mata for his 250th United appearance and sent solace to Jeremy Mathieu upon his forced retirement.

With some players, this kind of positivity feels forced and canned. But with Fernandes, it comes across as authentic. He plays with the same honesty. It's no wonder United are unbeaten since he arrived at the club.

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