Ryan Giggs has heaped praise on Bruno Fernandes and highlighted the impact the Portuguese midfielder has had on his Manchester United teammates.

Fernandes, 25, has been one of United’s standout performers since his £47million arrival from Sporting Lisbon in the January transfer window.

He has scored two goals and assisted three times in the Premier League to win the Player of the Month award for February and provided a further goal and assist in the Europa League.

Fernandes’ performances contributed to the Red Devils’ impressive 11-match unbeaten run across all competitions prior to the season being suspended by the coronavirus outbreak.

Giggs claims Fernandes has “given everyone a lift” at Old Trafford
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His displays for United have raised the bar for his teammates, according to Giggs – who also praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s recruitment strategy.

“It was a shame we had to pause the season because we were flying,” he told MUTV Group Chat.

“Ole started his management with United flying, then had a tough spell, and then we were on a good run.

Fernandes was crucial to United’s unbeaten run before the season was suspended
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“But the players he’s got in have been really impressive. They’ve improved the team and the dressing room and obviously, in Fernandes, we’ve seen over the years the effect one player can sometimes have.

“You talk about the Cantonas, the van Persies… and I’m not comparing him yet to them but he’s made other players play better and he’s given everyone a lift.

“I still think we need four or five players but we’re definitely going in the right direction.”

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Fernandes returned to United’s Carrington training ground last week in excellent condition.

The former Sporting captain is renowned for his technical ability and goal and assist contributions rather than his speed, but the Manchester Evening News report that he was one of the fastest players on his return to training.

Fernandes is understood to have improved his pace during lockdown training and recorded a top speed of 34.27kmph (21.3mph) during sprint drills.

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