After passing a medical at Carrington, Manchester United are expected to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes today. But what are we aware of the Portuguese international? Here are ten things that every Manchester United fan will be interested in as we welcome him to the club.
1. Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes is his full name.
2. He has only ever had one girlfriend, Ana Pinho, whom he met at school when he was 16 years old.
3. Fernandes was born and raised in Maia, a Porto suburb near the city's airport. His fascination with football began when his cousin Vitor Borges played for Boavista, Porto's second club. Bruno began his career with the same club years later.
4. At the age of 17, Bruno moved to Italy and spent five years with Novara, Udinese, and Sampdoria. He was so homesick at first that he almost quit football, but his girlfriend moved over to help him adjust.
5. He is born with two feet.
6. Bruno takes a 90-minute siesta after lunch every day.
7. The 25-year-old has a short fuse: CCTV footage shows him yelling, "F–k you! After being sent off against Boavista in September, he yelled, "Go f–k yourselves!" on Portuguese national television.
8. Fernandes prefers to wear the number 8 jersey in memory of his father, who wore the same number, and because his birthday is September 8th. On his right arm, he has the number 8 tattooed (see lead photo above).
He enjoys sushi.
10. Ronaldinho, Deco, and Rui Costa were his childhood idols.
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