Bruno Fernandes received a message of goodwill from former Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after bagging a goal for Portugal on Sunday night.
Upon his arrival at Old Trafford, the Norwegian manager intended to sign players he thought could make a difference. Subsequently, after watching a plethora of quality performances from Fernandes, he truly believed the midfielder was up to the task. And how right he was. In recent years, the playmaker has served as a beacon of hope, putting it all on the line for the shirt, often putting teammates to shame with his unrelenting will to win.
Therefore, despite things not working out for Solskjaer, the pair have maintained a respectful relationship, which came to light during Portugal’s game against Iceland.
In a moment of magic, the Manchester United star bagged an absolute screamer to cement his country’s place as a real contender to win the European Championships in Germany next year.
After the match, he was approached by Iceland’s manager, Manager Hareide, who delivered a special message from his old protege, Solskjaer, who scored 34 times for him while he was in charge of Molde.
What was the message that Ole Gunner Solskjaer had delivered to Bruno Fernandes?
In an interview with Record, Fernandes revealed: “The Icelandic coach says he spoke to Solskjaer, who had sent me a hug.”
Having bagged a total of six goals during Portugal’s European Championships qualifying campaign, the 29-year-old would have every reason to brag. However, in a testament to his humble nature, he’s solely focused on what’s best for the team.
Fernandes claimed: Everyone wants to score. Everyone wants to be important, to assist. I don’t like talking (about me) individually. It’s not my focus. I’m happy to score goals and assist. It means I’m helping. It’s up to me to serve my teammates. We have a lot of quality up front, and, with that quality, it’s easier to make assists.”
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