Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed consulting Cristiano Ronaldo before signing Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in January.
The Portuguese midfielder has transformed United’s fortunes since sealing a £67million switch to Old Trafford in the winter transfer window, with Solskjaer’s side avoiding defeat in their last 17 games.
Fernandes has boosted their chances of securing Champions League football next season, as a win over Southampton this evening will move them up into third place.
Before signing him, though, Solskjaer first got in touch with former team-mate and Portugal superstar Ronaldo to hear his thoughts on Fernandes.
“Well, obviously we’ve got the chief scouts that do all the scouting. We’ve got the analysts who do all the analysis and break everything down to the minutest detail,” he said on The High Performance Podcast.
“But you can see that with your eye really what talent and quality you’ve got. Then you speak to teammates, that maybe play with them in a national team.
“So obviously Cristiano was an easy goal for me that I managed to get through.
“Through Patrice [Evra] I managed to get hold of Cristiano and his recommendation obviously stood him in good stead.”