Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford will instil confidence and help Manchester United win titles, according to Bruno Fernandes.
Fernandes was United’s key man last term, scoring 18 times and assisting 12 in the Premier League as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men finished second in the top flight.
Ronaldo now joins his Portugal team-mate, returning to Manchester after a 12-year absence having previously scored 118 goals in 292 appearances across all competitions in his first spell.
And Fernandes, who impressed with a game-high five key passes including an assist in the absence of Ronaldo against Azerbaijan, hailed the quality and confidence the all-time leading international scorer will offer.
“We know that enthusiasm will be high, everyone knows Cristiano and is very happy and confident to have him back,” Fernandes told RTP3 post-match on Tuesday.
“[Us] players are part of that confidence, we know what he can give us. Our focus and Cristiano’s, because of what I’ve already talked to him about, is to win what there is to win.
“Our goals remain and obviously, with Cristiano, we have one more reference to help us get closer to that.”
Ronaldo could feature as soon as September 11 against Newcastle United, who are the only club the 36-year-old scored a Premier League hat-trick against before departing Manchester in 2009.
Despite the supposed rivalry, Liverpool forward Diogo Jota, who scored in the 3-0 defeat of Azerbaijan but blasted a team-high five shots, is looking forward to a competitive Premier League campaign with Ronaldo returning.
“Yes, it always adds value and I think this year has everything to be another great English championship,” Jota said to RTP3.
“There was a joke or two while he [Ronaldo] was here, but nothing special.”