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Solskjaer: Bruno is Man Utd's X-Factor

Solskjaer: Bruno is Man Utd's X-Factor Photo: TT
Manchester United's Fred and Bruno Fernandes (right) during the training session at the Aon Training Complex, Manchester.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed the impact of January signing Bruno Fernandes ahead of the side’s Europa League last 32 second leg with Club Brugge on Thursday.

The Portuguese midfielder, who arrived from Sporting Lisbon last month, has scored one goal and set up two in his four appearances for the Red Devils since joining.

The 25-year-old netted the opening goal in United’s 3-0 win over Watford in the English Premier League on the weekend and Solskjaer was hopeful he’d bring that form into Europe.

“We feel we’ve added some X factor and quality with Bruno,” Solskjaer said.

“The addition of Bruno gives us that little bit of a different flavour.

“He’s a player who likes to play penetrative passes, forward passes.

“He likes to task risks, which a Man United player should do.

“I think his imagination or his overview, his picture, is a couple of seconds ahead of other players.

“That’s one of his strengths: he knows what he wants to do when he gets it.

“He also can change his mind in a split second. If that picture doesn’t work as he thought, he’ll change it. I think that composure has been important for us as well.”

The Norwegian said that Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood could both play after missing the first leg, while long-term absentees Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford remain out.

Brugge have lost captain Ruud Vormer and forward Emmanuel Dennis after picking up injuries in the weekend’s league clash with Charleroi.

Midfielder Eder Balanta, who scored in the first leg 1-1 draw, is out suspended for Brugge too.

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