Manchester United finally signed Bruno Fernandes in the January transfer window, albeit for more money than it would have cost us last summer, and he his quality has been evident in the handful of appearances he’s made so far.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Fernandes has revealed he’s always wanted to play for United after his childhood hero, Cristiano Ronaldo, joined us in 2003. Fernandes was just eight-years-old when Ronaldo swapped Sporting Lisbon for United and has dreamed of going on the same journey.
I’m a Cristiano Ronaldo fan and he’s a player I’ve always followed. When Cristiano burst on to the scene here in Manchester, he spent a good chunk of his early career here and enjoyed so much success. That’s why it was a dream of mine to play for Manchester United and I’m very pleased to be here because it’s a childhood dream come true.
I didn’t speak to [Ronaldo] before coming but did after my arrival. I know some people asked Cristiano what he thought of me and what I was like as a player and a person. I know he spoke highly of me and gave me a good reference, so I sent him a message after to thank him for his kind words.
I think any player who joins Manchester United wants to win everything; I want to win every competition that Manchester United compete in. I’m an ambitious player who wants success and I want to win every game in every competition we’re in. Pressure always has to be present in our day-to-day and we have to be under pressure to improve every day. I’m a person who demands a lot from myself and always want more and to do better. That’s why, regardless of the transfer fee, I wanted to keep improving and be a better player.