Bruno Fernandes says Manchester City star is toughest Premier League player he’s faced

The Portuguese international made the claim during a Q&A session on his Twitter account after signing a new deal with Man United until 2026

Fernandes’ contract renewal has been seen as ‘good news’ by interim Red Devils boss Ralf Rangnick.

“I think that’s very good news for the club, for the fans, the supporters [and] also for Bruno to know he will be here for the next five years,” Rangnick said in his pre-match press conference.

“There is no doubt he is a very important player for this club and this team. That’s great news, I already congratulated him yesterday after his return from the World Cup Qualifiers. He played very well, scored the most important goals to qualify.”

The midfield maestro has been one of the Red Devils’ standout performers since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020, scoring 49 goals and assisting his teammates on 39 occasions in 117 appearances.

His answer might not come as a surprise to many, with De Bruyne one of the league’s top-performers since he joined City from Wolfsburg in 2015.

The Belgian is a three-time Sky Blues’ Player of the Year and has helped the club lift 10 trophies in recent seasons.

However, De Bruyne wasn’t Fernandes’ top choice for toughest opponent overall, with the latter claiming Andres Iniesta and Andrea Pirlo were the hardest ‘to mark’ during his career so far.

The United no.18 tweeted: “The toughest to mark was Andres Iniesta or Pirlo.”