Manchester United have been forced to abandon a custom fitness programme they had prepared for new signing Bruno Fernandes, after the midfielder shocked staff with his performances.
Fernandes, who joined United in a £47 million deal in January following a year of speculation, made his debut for the club just two days after completing his move.
Initial fears were that the Portuguese playmaker might take some time to adapt to his new club and the more intense play style of the Premier League - and United had planned accordingly, with a tailored fitness programme to bring him up to speed.
Reports in The Metro however are now claiming that the club has chosen to abandon this approach, after their new star left his fellow players and staff members astonished by his condition.
Indeed, such were his performances on the club's mid-season training camp in Marbella, that he actually ranked in the top three for all players at the club across the tests.
As well as amazing with his physical condition, Fernandes is also said to have made a massive impression on his teammates with his sheer skill and technical ability.
The United squad are said to have been left purring following his first training session in his new surroundings, with the former Sporting Lisbon player also said to have remained behind after training for an additional 30 minutes of free kick practice with teammate Fred.
Fernandes has certainly hit the ground running at United when it comes to match day performances also.
Thrust into a side that has been accused of lacking creativity, and a player willing to take risks to make things happen, the tricky midfielder has already assisted three goals and scored a further two in just his first four appearances for the Red Devils.
There also appears to be the signs of a burgeoning relationship forming between both himself and midfield partner Fred - who has been equally as impressive since his arrival - as well as the enigmatic Anthony Martial up front.
With the returning Scott McTominay, and the still-injured Marcus Rashford yet to properly play alongside their exciting new teammate, things are certainly looking up for United's prospects over the remainder of the season.
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