Patrice Evra has revealed how he and Cristiano Ronaldo played a crucial role in Manchester United’s signing of Bruno Fernandes.
The Portugal international joined the club in January after completing a £68million transfer from Sporting Lisbon and quickly became an important player.
United sat outside the top four when Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford but the midfielder scored eight goals and provided seven assists to help the club qualify for the Champions League.
Evra and Ronaldo briefly played with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Frenchman revealed how the manager sought their advice when he was weighing up a move for Fernandes.
‘When they wanted to sign Bruno Fernandes, Ole texted me. I asked for advice from Cristiano Ronaldo,’ Evra told The Guardian.
‘Cristiano says, “Bruno’s a good guy and very professional”.
Cristiano Ronaldo wearing a uniform: Solskjaer was convinced after Ronaldo gave his Portugal team-mate a glowing review© Provided by Daily Mail Solskjaer was convinced after Ronaldo gave his Portugal team-mate a glowing review
‘I say, “Ole, I’ve spoken with Cristiano. Let’s go for it”.
‘And Fernandes had a massive impact. Without him I don’t think we would have qualified for the Champions League.’
After his Portugal team-mate Ronaldo gave him a glowing report, Fernandes revealed he made it his childhood dream to follow in the footsteps of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Speaking after joining United, Fernandes said: ‘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.’