Manchester United star playmaker Bruno Fernandes admits that Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Old Trafford increases the club’s hopes of landing a piece of silverware this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to swap Juventus for Manchester United in the final days of the summer transfer window has made the headlines, as the prodigal son returned home after 12 years.
The 36-year-old forward has made history since leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009, earning a reputation as one of the greatest players to grace the game.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s exit over a decade ago, coupled with Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, marked the beginning of Manchester United’s decline.
One of the players that have turned the curve upward has been Bruno Fernandes, who has proved to be a catalyst to reinvigorate the fallen giants since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020.
Bruno’s remarkable showings under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have made him one of the fan favorites at United as he has almost single-handedly steered the Red Devils back into the Premier League top four.
The 27-year-old has been sharing the pitch with Ronaldo at the national team, and the duo will be looking to continue developing their partnership in England’s top-flight.
Although the Portugal captain has yet to train with his new teammates at Carrington, Fernandes believes his compatriot could be the missing ingredient to catapult Manchester United to their former heights.
“We know the enthusiasm will be red hot, everyone knows Cristiano is in the house,” Bruno told the club’s official website.
“Everyone is very confident and happy that he is back, the players too.
“We know what he can give us, and our focus, like Cristiano’s, is to win.
“With him, we know we are closer to winning [trophies].”
Given his pedigree, Ronaldo should take no time to adapt to the new surroundings, especially following another eye-catching display for Portugal.
The long-serving Selecao stalwart hit another flattering milestone last week, becoming the highest goalscorer in men’s football history with a brace against the Republic of Ireland.
Ronaldo’s scoring prowess has often been off the charts, and his reunion with Manchester United is likely to increase the Red Devils’ hopes of establishing domestic dominance after years of suffering.