Dimitar Berbatove has claimed Bruno Fernandes has proved one player is enough to change an entire team.
Manchester United splashed out on the Portuguese playmaker last January, signing him from Sporting in a deal worth around £47million.
Ahead of his debut on February 1 2020, United were in fifth place in the table, a staggering 36 points behind Liverpool.
He earned a Man of the Match display against Wolves in his first showing, in a real forecast of what was to come.
Fernandes picked up four Player of the Month awards during his first year in England, the first player to do so in a single calendar year.
In a league table since his arrival, no top-flight team have picked up more points than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s – who sit above Liverpool during this season’s title race.
And Berbatov believes his impact has proved that one signing can transform the fortunes of a team on its own.
“I have always said that a single player cannot change a team,” Berbatov told L’Equipe. “I was wrong. Since his arrival, Bruno Fernandes has supported the team with his individual performances.
“He assists, he scores goals. He knows what to do to play good football. "
Fernandes was visibly frustrated at his manager’s decision, with some believing he could benefit from a well deserved rest.
That’s a claim his manager has vehemently denied however: “His form is very good,” said Solskjaer. “He's just been voted Player of the Month again.
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“So he's not tired, no chance.
"He's one of the players that runs and covers the ground every single game and he's good at recharging his batteries.
“If he scored his free-kick [against Livepool] and if it just had a little air on the ball when Luke Shaw put the cross in, he'd have been lauded as best player in Premier League again.
“He's been immense. He's not tired and, if I ask him, he'll say there's no chance he’s tired.”
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