Jamie Redknapp has hailed the impact of Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United, even suggesting the Portuguese midfielder, who joined Red Devils in the 2020 January transfer window, has saved Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job.
Since joining Man United, Fernandes has arguably been their best player, and United, who finished third in the Premier League last season, are considered as genuine title challengers with the Old Trafford-based outfit three points clear of Liverpool at the top of the points table.
When asked what the difference was for Man United this season, Redknapp credited Fernandes and claimed 'he's single handedly changed the mentality of' the club as a whole.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to get carried away and played down expectations of Manchester United overtaking Liverpool in the Premier League.
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"Bruno Fernandes. I think that’s the simple answer, I won’t baffle you with science. I think since he’s come to the club he’s single handedly changed the mentality of it. The goals he’s scored, the assists he’s made. I’ve seen an attitude shift in the players because I think he demands such high standards," Redknapp told Sky Sports via Daily Star.
"I think when he plays well, when he scores United play well. It’s as simple as that. He’s changed players around him. Before he came you feared for Ole. I mean you feared for him earlier on in the season when he lost 1-0 at Arsenal. I did the game and I thought he’s running out of time here but he’s turned it around.
"He’s had some bad results in the cup but their league form has been tremendous. So you have to credit him for that, but one man has changed that. When you talk about the 22 points, that’s been Bruno Fernandes."
Meanwhile, Man United have a chance to go six points clear of Liverpool in the points table when they face the Reds at Anfield in their next match in the English top-flight.