Fernandes has breathed new life into the United season since joining the January transfer window, with the Red Devils undefeated since the Portugal star’s arrival at Old Trafford.
United had not lost in 11 games in all competitions when football was suspended amid the coronavirus crisis – and while two of those games were before Fernandes’ signing, the midfielder played a key role to ensure that teammates maintain their momentum.
The 25-year-old scored twice and collected three assists in just five Premier League games, winning the player of the month league title for February as well as compensation for United in the Europa League.
And his winning mentality rubbed off on the other players, with some team members saying he refused to accept anything less than the best of his teammates.
Now the former United Robson captain has compared Fernandes to Paul Scholes – one of the best players of the Sir Alex Ferguson era when the Red Devils dominated English football and conquered Europe twice.
“Since his arrival, he has looked like a special player. He has a fantastic attitude, “Robson told TalkSport.
“I met him several times, I saw him on the training ground, he goes very well with the guys, you can see why he was captain of the Sporting [Lisbon] and what a talent he is.
“He’s not like Roy Keane, Paul Ince or Nicky Butt. To me, he looks more like a Paul Scholes; he’s brilliant at putting himself in small pockets between the defense and the midfielder, he enters these zones and obtains space himself.
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“But he also has a great vision where he sees a pass, he has the same vision for hitting those great balls that Scholesy used to hit – and he also has a goal in his locker.
“I hope he agrees with me and that he continues to be another Paul Scholes for Manchester United. “