Bruno Fernandes completed a move to Manchester United in January 2020 (Picture: Sky Sports)
Bruno Fernandes admits he was ‘really angry’ when he failed to join another Premier League club before completing a ‘dream’ move to Manchester United.
Portuguese playmaker Fernandes joined United in January 2020 in a £67m move from Sporting Lisbon.
Fernandes quickly established himself as a mainstay in United’s side and one of the most influential players in the Premier League, scoring 37 goals and providing 26 assists in 93 appearances.
But things could have been very different for Fernandes, who has revealed he was left disappointed that a potential move to Tottenham fell through before he signed for Manchester United.
Spurs tried to sign Fernandes while Mauricio Pochettino was in charge but Sporting Lisbon rejected their advances, leaving the midfielder ‘very angry’.
But Fernandes’ anger was short-lived as soon after he was signed by ‘dream club’ Manchester United.
He told The Athletic: ‘Obviously I wanted to go to the Premier League. The manager, Mauricio Pochettino, was the one who wanted me there.
United signed Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon (Picture: Getty)
‘It was a good offer but Sporting tried their best to keep me. The president (Frederico Varandas) spoke with me but he spoke with me on the wrong day.
‘It was the day after they decided to refuse the offer from Tottenham and I was really angry. Luckily for me, the manager (Marcel Keizer) was the right one at the right time.
‘At the beginning of January, my agent said, “You don’t need to worry, because any time I bring you a club, it will be a dream club for you”. He knew that the dream club was Man United.’
Fernandes says former Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to sign him after watching Sporting Lisbon’s 2-1 defeat to Porto in January 2020.
The Portuguese star was his usual vocal self during the match and believes that played a role in his move to Old Trafford.
‘Ole was a big part of that because he actually went to see my games,’ Fernandes added. ‘He saw me moaning a lot in that game against Porto – I moaned a lot against their players, against the referees.
‘I moan against everyone who is against me, not those who are with me. Ole saw someone that was passionate and it helped him sign me for the club.
‘On my first day, he said to me, “Just be yourself”. He said, “I know what you are capable of with the ball but I also want you to be the leader you have been at Sporting”.’
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