The man who convinced the Portuguese to start his career in Italy has not been surprised by his success at Old Trafford over the past year.
Bruno Fernandes would fit into real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus, according to his former mentor Cristiano Giaretta, who says that Manchester United The star’s stats for goals and assists make him a potential contender for the Ballon d’Or.
He quickly became a talismanic figure at the Jose Alvalade Stadium due to his all-action style of play, while learning how to deliver the type of end product that matches his mercurial talent on a consistent basis.
Fernandes quickly started to gain the attention of top clubs in Europe, and United eventually won the race for his signing in January.
The Red Devils shelled out € 55m (£ 50m / $ 68m) to bring the 26-year-old to Old Trafford, which he has already paid off ten times, scoring 26 goals in his first 45 appearances in all competitions.
The former Sporting playmaker also provided 17 assists, his exceptional performances in the middle of the park helping to transform Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side from also-rans into Premier League title candidates.
Watford Sporting director Giaretta, who handed Fernandes his first professional contract at Novara, praised the Portuguese for reaching the highest level in the game, while saying he now has limitless options for his future.
When asked where he thinks Fernandes might end up, Giaretta said Calcio Mercato: “Good question. It almost goes without saying that he would go well with Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus.
“The truth is he could go anywhere, but in my opinion he’s already at the top.
“Personally, I believe Manchester United and the Premier League are the pinnacle of a career, a point of arrival, no passage: I thought that as a player and I still believe that, as a manager sportsman who aims to get Watford back to the top as soon as possible.
“So he will make his choices, he’s a smart boy and will know what’s best for him.”
The former Novara boss added that his relationship with Fernandes and the United midfielder was destined to become a favorite in football’s individual top prize race: “I hear about him a lot, even a few times a week .
“I can say that he’s the same guy I met in Boavista, with a great personality, with the same desire to work to become the best: he’s someone who is never satisfied, who aspires much, even in his humility.
“He’ll never say it, but someone with his stats can dream of big goals like the Ballon d’Or.
“Since joining Manchester United he’s made 44 appearances and scored 26 goals, not to mention assists and he’s playing for his teammates. He has always been decisive. “
Giaretta also expressed his belief that Fernandes is now the main leader of the Red Devils’ starting lineup, with current club captain Harry Maguire among those seen as playing a less vital role in the team’s recent success.
“There is no denying that Bruno Fernandes is the real captain of the team,” he said. “If the others are important, it is essential. If I have to tell the truth, it didn’t even surprise me too much from that point of view.: At 18, he was already an adult in his head. does the rest.