Bruno Fernandes has constantly talked up Raphinha ever since arriving at Man Utd
Bruno Fernandes has been raving about Leeds star Raphinha ahead of Manchester United's Premier League showdown at Elland Road on Sunday.
The winger has been one of Leeds' top performers this season, with six goals and six assists alerting the likes of Liverpool to his potential.
He is a doubt for Sunday's clash as he continues to recover from a thigh injury.
But if he does play he will come up a former team-mate in Fernandes, who knows him well from their time together at Sporting.
And the United midfielder has been talking Raphinha up ever since he arrived in the Premier League, according to team-mate Fred.
"Bruno’s been talking about Raphinha ever since he arrived," Fred told United’s official website.
"They played together at Sporting. He’s a great player having an amazing season and a lot of clubs have their eye on him."
Fred admitted he hoped not to be facing his fellow Brazilian on Sunday as United look to nail down a top-four spot and keep up the pressure on league leaders Manchester City.
"I met him recently, great guy, excellent player but… I hope he won’t be lining up against us!" said the midfielder.
"I wish him a quick recovery and a lot of success in his career. He’s a stand-out star player for Leeds so, of course, it’s better for us if he’s not on the pitch."
And Fred acknowledged that it could affect the game plan for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side if Raphinha does play on Sunday.
"If he does play, we’ll look to mark him carefully and work on our game-plan as best as possible," said Fred. "We’ll try to nullify his threat to come out on top in this game."
Raphinha's impressive displays this season have led to him being frequently linked with Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp expected to strengthen his attack this summer.
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