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Fernandes eager to improve after clinching Player of Month award



Flying start: Bruno Fernandes

Flying start: Bruno Fernandes

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Flying start: Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes has been crowned Premier League Player of the Month for February following an exceptional start to life at Manchester United.

Summer interest turned into a prolonged January pursuit for the 25-year-old, with the Old Trafford giants finally getting their man towards the end of the window in a deal worth an initial €55m (£46.6m).

United could scarcely have wished for a better early return from Fernandes, who has hit the ground running since making the big-money switch from Sporting Lisbon.

The Portugal international's fine displays in February saw him named Premier League Player of the Month, having also won the PFA's fan award for top-flight players and the club's individual honour for February.

"Since I was a kid it was a dream to play for Man United, and to be there at Old Trafford is the biggest dream of my career," Fernandes said. "When you come to a new club you always want to score and the first goal is special.

"I'm happy with my start, but from now I need to give more."

It is understood Fernandes and his United team-mates are due to return to training today.

Precautions are in place at the Aon Training Complex due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the training ground remains open.

United won 5-0 against LASK last Thursday in a Europa League last-16 first leg played behind closed doors due to Covid-19 restrictions put in place by the Austrian government.

The club are waiting on today's Uefa meeting to find out the implications of the disease's outbreak, while Premier League fixtures have been suspended initially until early April.

Belfast Telegraph