Bruno Fernandes will wear the Number 18 shirt
at Manchester United, it has been revealed. United officially unveiled Fernandes as their
first signing of the January 2020 window — and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fourth as permanent
boss — 24 hours after their initial statement confirmed the transfer. He completed a medical at the club’s Carrington
training ground and penned a five-and-a-half year deal with the option of an extra year,
after personal terms were agreed. Fernandes joins for a €55million up front
and €10million in add-ons from Sporting CP after a protracted period of negotiations
between the two clubs. It was revealed by his agent Miguel Ruben
Pinho on Instagram that Fernandes will wear the No.18 at Old Trafford. The number was previously worn by United’s
former captain Ashley Young and was famously worn for years by legendary former midfielder
Paul Scholes Pinho posted a picture of him and Fernandes
together with the caption “always together” as the Portuguese embarks on his United career. He could make his debut in the Premier League
clash with Wolves at Old Trafford this Saturday. On the acquisition of Fernandes, Solskjaer
said: “We have been tracking Bruno for many months and everyone here has been tremendously
impressed with all his attributes and what he will bring to this team. “Most importantly he is a terrific human being
with a great personality and his leadership qualities are clear for all to see. “Bruno’s goals and assists stats speak for
themselves, he will be a fantastic addition to our team and he will help us push on in
the second part of the season. The winter break is coming at a perfect time
for us to integrate Bruno into the squad and for him to get to know his team-mates.” Fernandes said: “For me to now play for Manchester
United feels incredible, I have worked hard to get to this moment and I can promise the
fans that I will give everything for the badge to help bring us more success and trophies.”

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