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Nothing’s Gunnar stop us: how Solskjaer turned the tide at Old Trafford

Shrewd signings and the return to form and fitness of key men have been crucial to their impressive form

James Ducker

The Fernandes effect

The sight of Bruno Fernandes putting a finger to his lips and telling Pep Guardiola to button it after a touchline exchange with the Manchester City manager towards the end of Sunday’s 2-0 derby win will only have cemented his status as the new darling of Old Trafford.

“He infected the place. Stuck his chest out, put his collar up and said: ‘Look at me’,” Sir Alex Ferguson once said of Eric Cantona’s instant impact at Manchester United. Fernandes has an awful lot to do before he can stand comparison with the flamboyant Frenchman, but there has certainly been a Cantona-esque feel to the way the peacock Portugal midfielder has breezed into the place and galvanised all around him in that No 10 role – character, leader and creative fulcrum all in one...

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