Big things were expected of Bruno Fernandes when Manchester United finally got their man in the January transfer window.
The Portuguese playmaker was tipped to change the fortunes of the Red Devils after a tough spell under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But few could have predicated the immediacy of his impact – including his new manager.
Fernandes has been integral to a 12-game unbeaten run in all competitions ahead of their clash with Brighton tonight.
He has scored four goals and delivered four assists in the process – dispelling Solskjaer’s past assumption that it would take time for any player to adjust.
Speaking after his summer spending spree, landing Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, Solskjaer said: "It will take time for any player to adjust to Man United.
“Apart from me! It took me six minutes in the first game,” he joked.
“I’m very happy with Wan-Bissaka and James but we’ve got be patient. It’s a long haul and it’s very important that we get the right ones in.”
And whilst Solskjaer has clearly found the “right one” in the form of Fernandes, he has certainly not taken time to adjust.
He instantly impressed on his debut against Wolves and has gone from strength to strength as the focal point of his side.
Solskjaer’s other summer signings have perhaps proved his point.
Maguire and Wan-Bissaka both made a strong start but have reached new heights in recent months, with Maguire integral to the back-line which has tightened up and Wan-Bissaka beginning to unlock his attacking attributes.
But it is testament to Fernandes’ special ability that it is hard to see much room for further improvement given the way he has instantly transformed the Old Trafford outfit.
His team-mate, Nemanja Matic, has also been caught off guard by his immediate impression.
"I’ve followed him for a long time because I played in the Portuguese league at Benfica," Matic told Sky Sports.
"I knew he would bring quality for us. He played for a big club with a lot of pressure to win, but I didn’t think he would adapt so quick. From the first minute in the Premier League he made the difference.
"I’m happy for him and happy we have him in the team.
"He’s playing in the position where he needs to make the difference. He has all the ability to be the leader on the pitch."
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