The Brazilian defender says he is proud to play alongside a man who quickly established himself as the Red Devils’ “main player”.
Bruno Fernandes has a “massive heart and tremendous quality”, according to Alex Telles, who praised his “decisive” Manchester United team-mate.
Fernandes has immediately influenced English football since he made a € 55 million (£ 50 million / $ 67 million) transfer to Sporting CP’s Old Trafford in January.
The 26-year-old was the engine of United’s run to third place in the Premier League and three semi-finals in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign, as he scored 12 goals in his first 22 appearances for the club. .
The Portuguese international took that form into the new season, contributing 11 goals and six assists to the cause of the Red Devils in 18 outings across all competitions, and he was rewarded for his performances in the top flight with the Player of the Month award for November.
Telles, who joined United for £ 18 million ($ 24 million) on the deadline, played against Fernandes several times during his time in Porto, and says it is a “pleasure” now to play alongside the ex-sports star after his struggles against him in the Primeira Liga.
“So, Bruno and I have known each other for some time,” said the Brazilian left-back Within United.
“Bruno has always stood out wherever he has played and without a doubt he is our main player here today.
“We were rivals on the pitch and today we are teammates playing on the same team. I told him that at the time he was very annoying to play opposite on the pitch, always wanting to win, obviously.
“He’s a guy with a friendly heart and a great quality, he’s there for everyone to see and I don’t need to talk anymore about Bruno’s quality. It’s a pleasure to play with him.
“He’s a great guy who’s always ready to help everyone and he really makes a difference and that’s great.”
When asked to summarize Fernandes ’recent form before a trip to Sheffield United on Thursday, Telles added:“ My summary is simple: decisive! He is a decisive player.
“He may not excel in one game or another, but he is decisive nonetheless.
“When he is in front of a goal or with a free kick, or a penalty, he always shows his quality. He has a strong mind and personality in his vision and thinking.
“It’s a pride and an honor to have someone like that on the team, someone who can help and motivate us in every game.”