After making his debut in the barren draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed what he told Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese midfielder had a decent debut, having a couple of attempts on goal and forced a last-ditch save from Rui Patricio with his free-kick in the second half.
Speaking in a press conference after the draw against Wolves, Solskjaer revealed what he told Fernandes before his debut, "I think he did well. It's his first game with new teammates, I think he played well.
"You want him to express himself and spur teammates on, that's one of the first things I told him: 'just be yourself, don't change your character, try to get on the ball, make things happen'.
"First-half, we never had enough movement in front of him, everyone wanted the ball into feet, we never threatened in behind them.
"We just played outside their box, and then when they win it they counter-attack, and we win it back and here we go again.
"So we created a little bit in the second half. I don't think any team deserved to win the game. We'll keep on working on it and [Fernandes's] creativity is one of his strengths.
"He can see passes, play passes. We need more movement, get him used to players' qualities and us with his qualities, that's what we're practicing. We know we're a good counter-attacking team."