Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has praised Bruno Fernandes for ‘leading by example’ since his arrival in January 2020.
Arriving at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon with the Red Devils in disarray, Fernandes inspired a huge recovery of fortune.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are currently second in the Premier League table and this is largely due to the influence of the Portugal international.
His 35 goals in 68 appearances across all competitions have taken the team to the upper echelons of the table, while also highlighting his own credentials as a world-class midfielder.
Yet what pleases Robson most is the influence he has over his United team-mates and the club around him, giving back a sense of pride to a club that seemed to be in flux since leaving. Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
Speaking to talkSPORT 2, “ Captain Marvel ” praised the 26-year-old.
He said, “You have characters like this that they lead by example, rather by being howler or aggressive in tackling.
“Because not everyone can be an aggressive tackler, but you have different types of players.
“Bruno Fernandes is not really a tackle, but he sets an example because he works very hard and he is brilliant on the ball.
“But I always see him talking and yelling at the players and he always tries to cheer or try the players a bit if they’re not in the right position.”
Fernandes joined talkSPORT on Wednesday afternoon and gave a unique insight into his elite mentality.
When asked if winning the Europa League but finishing second would be a good season, the 26-year-old insisted that a club like United should aim for more.
“No, it’s never a success when you win just one trophy at this club. In the past, they have won many trophies.
“It’s always a success when you win something because it means you’ve done something right but, at the same time, no matter how many trophies you win, you always have to improve.
No matter how many trophies we win, we have to improve each season.
“It doesn’t matter if this season we have won four trophies, we still need to improve. If this season we only win the Europa League, we still have to improve.
“No matter how many trophies we win, we have to improve each season.”
You can hear more from former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson on Gameday Exclusive this Saturday from 11 a.m., when talkSPORT highlights the vital work United has done to support the local community during the pandemic.