Robin van Persie rates Bruno Fernandes’ start at Manchester United and makes Club Brugge prediction

Bruno Fernandes during Manchester United's Premier League clash with Chelsea
Manchester United new boy Bruno Fernandes has impressed Robin van Persie (Picture: Getty)

Robin van Persie believes Bruno Fernandes has made a ‘promising’ start to his Manchester United career and backed his former club to win comfortably away to Club Brugge tonight.

United wrapped up a £68million agreement with Sporting for Fernandes last month and the 25-year-old put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year contract at Old Trafford.

The Portugal international impressed on his debut as the Red Devils were held to a goalless draw by Wolves before helping his new side beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

And the attacking midfielder is expected to play a part at the Jan Breydel Stadium this evening where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will be looking to put one foot in the Europa League last 16.

Ahead of the round of 32 first leg clash, Van Persie took part in a Q&A session with his Twitter followers where he was asked to rate Fernandes’ opening performances in a United shirt.

‘Looks promising and will only get better!’ the iconic ex-United striker replied.

‘Silky all-round top player, definitely an added value for the team.’

Van Persie has backed both United and Arsenal to win
Van Persie has backed both United and Arsenal to win (Picture: Getty)

The Dutchman backed both of his former clubs to win their respective first legs away to Club Brugge and Olympiacos.

‘I’m always horrible at predicting scores but let me guess,’ he said.

‘Brugge 1-3 Manchester United and Olympiacos 1-2 Arsenal!’

Earlier this week, Van Persie named United, Arsenal and Ajax as his three teams to beat in the competition.

‘Arsenal and Manchester [United] are certainly favourites to win the competition,’ he told Omnisport.

‘Ajax were knocked out of the Champions League in a hard way, which is also part of football, unfortunately.

‘They also have a chance to win the Europa League, they have a very good squad.’

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