"Iniesta was one of the best in the world," says Fernandes, who has been impressing at United: "For me, every game is a battle"
Monday 4 May 2020 10:53, UK
Bruno Fernandes says his no-nonsense approach makes him like a "warrior" and the Manchester United midfielder is determined to keep improving his game in the style of Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta.
Fernandes has hit the ground running since arriving at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon for £46.6m in January and picked up the Premier League's Player of the Month award for February.
The midfielder has registered three goals and four assists in just nine appearances so far, but believes his best attributes can still be improved.
Explaining who he models his game on during a Q&A with United's official website, Fernandes said: "The one I liked to watch and follow was Iniesta, because Iniesta is a mix between an eight and a 10. It is a way I can do better, between eight and 10.
"It is the guy who always likes to have the ball, who always likes to take the risks, and I think Iniesta was one of the best in the world.
"For me, it was impressive how Iniesta finished his career without the Ballon d'Or [award]. With everything he won, it is difficult for me to understand."
Asked what word best describes him as a player, Fernandes said: "Warrior, because for me every game is a battle. You need to go out to the game and just understand you need to beat your opponent.
"With all of the respect, because you need to have respect for your opponent, but you need to beat them. If you don't beat them, they will beat you.
"It doesn't matter who is on the other team. If it is a friend, because I have friends playing in the Premier League, I don't care. At that moment, I will be the biggest enemy they can have."
Paul Pogba can help United become a "real force" if he remains at Old Trafford and builds a long-term midfield partnership with Fernandes, says Mark Bosnich.
Pogba, who has not played since Boxing Day with a foot problem, has been linked with Real Madrid while his former club Juventus are reportedly keen to re-sign the midfielder with his contract due to end next summer.
Asked about the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic on future transfers, Bosnich said: "Forget about just football itself, every industry in the world is going to take a hit, has taken a hit and will continue to take a hit. Football will be no different.
"In terms of when the transfer would be allowed, how far somebody's contract would go, those chips are metaphorically in the air. [Wages and transfer fees] will come down, I don't think there is any doubt about that especially in the short term.
"In terms of Paul Pogba I have said in the past I would like to see him stay, especially now with [Bruno] Fernandes doing so well. I think linking up with Pogba in the midfield, with Pogba being at his best, then Manchester United would be a real force. I think you can see that quite clearly."