Fernandes: Ronaldo formed my opinion of Man Utd

Bruno Fernandes admits his opinion of Manchester United was created by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo, now of Juventus, joined 17 years ago in 2003; Fernandes was just eight-years-old at the time.

Fernandes said: “For me, ever since I was a kid, it was a dream playing for Manchester United.

“United was and is one of the biggest clubs in the world. You look in the past and when I’m younger, you look at the players who play for Manchester United and you see the biggest stars in the world.

“I looked at Manchester with more interest when Cristiano was here because it’s normal when you have Portuguese players in some teams, you look at them more than other teams.

“But at that moment, I started to look at Manchester in a different way because you see Cristiano but then you see also the team and you have Paul Scholes, you have [Wayne] Rooney, you have [Ryan] Giggs and you have Roy Keane, [Eric] Cantona before.

“You have a lot of players… I don’t know… [Ruud] van Nistelrooy… I can stay here for hours saying all the names of players for Manchester United. Also Nani, who’s played with me.”