Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has revealed that Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Donny van de Beek are three teammates he loves taking to the pitch with.
The Portuguese midfielder has shone for the Red Devils since joining the club from Sporting in January, having managed 15 goals and 11 assists in just 27 appearances.
All four players were involved in the move that saw Fernandes fire United to victory during the closing stages of Saturday’s Premier League match at Newcastle United, and the 26-year-old has praised the manner in which they combined to put the game to bed.
“I think it’s natural,” he told the club’s official website.
“Of course at the training ground you train all the time with them and you know each other and you know what is better for them and how they like to play.
“You say one name with whom I enjoy playing a lot and that is Juan. I think he is one of the smartest players, he knows what I want and how I want to play and he thinks really quickly.
“Sometimes the point is not being quick but thinking quickly and I think Juan is one of those kinds of players and I love playing with him.”
Rashford and van de Beek also received recognition, with the former netting United’s fourth goal in stoppage time as they turned on the style.
“”Of course, having Rashy in front is great,” Fernandes continued.
“The players we have playing in our attack are unbelievable. They are quick, they have qualities and they can score.
“As you saw in the last game it was a good pass from me but some players not as quick as Rashy might have had the defender take them, but Rashy did very well and his first touch was amazing to control the ball towards the goal.
“Also Donny, he’s come from Ajax. I had a coach before from Sporting [Marcel Kaiser], he was Donny’s coach too at Ajax and I know how they want to play and how they like to play – they like that little one-two, that connection and that, if we can say, ‘tiki-taka’ football and Donny is one of those guys from the beautiful Ajax football. They teach that growing up and they give a lot of good players to the world.
“I hope Donny can do a lot of things for us and I’m sure he will do. Of course though every player has to take time to get settled in the club and I think he is doing well, but he can do much better for us and he also wants to do much better.”
United kick off their UEFA Champions League campaign tonight as they travel across the Channel to take on Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes.