Fernandes had been linked with United since the summer transfer window, with talks between Sporting and the Red Devils resuming this January. Despite negotiations moving at a snail's pace, the move finally got over the line with a day to spare.
As quoted by the Manchester Evening News,
The 25-year-old has consistently racked up stunning numbers in Liga NOS, and had already scored eight goals and picked up seven assists in just 17 games this season.
As a result, the Norwegian admitted that Fernandes could help add a little bit of extra quality in the final third to a side who is seriously lacking in creativity. He said:
"We bring him in to play, and we believe in him, but we are also going to give him time to find his feet and settle down with new team-mates in a new country in a new league, but of course there is one place less for the others. He will be a very important player for our squad."
Source : 90min