The arrival of the Portugal international midfielder in January sparked United’s drastic upturn in fortunes over the course of the second half of last season and he has been in similarly outstanding form over the course of the last few weeks.
Overall, Fernandes has scored 21 goals in 35 matches for United since joining from Sporting Lisbon and registered 15 assists.
The 26-year-old has also been praised for his natural leadership skills and earned plaudits for passing up the opportunity to register a Champions League hat-trick in midweek by offering a penalty to team-mate Marcus Rashford.
Asked whether Ferandes’s influence and importance was akin to that of Ronaldo’s during his United pomp, Solskjaer said: ‘He does definitely have that presence (like Ronaldo). He has that influence and impact on his team mates.
‘We can just look at the results since he’s come in. He’s got lots of energy, leadership; he’s a team player, which is a key here now for us going forward.
‘Some players will have to sit games out and rest. I wasn’t looking forward to telling Bruno that he was resting against Leipzig [for last month’s 5-0 Champions League win], but it was absolutely no problem. Same with Marcus, to be fair.
‘Because they know this season is challenging and that’s how we build this team and the culture of the team. It’s about team and not individuals. Bruno has proven that, over and over, that it’s a team before I.’
;It is similar to when Jurgen came to Liverpool. Likes pressing, front foot, aggressive. They are difficult to play against if you dwell on the ball.
‘It’s been very interesting to watch their progress under Ralph. I am a big admirer of the physical attributes they have in their team.’