Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson likened star midfielder Bruno Fernandes to club great Paul Scholes.
Fernandes has taken United by storm since arriving from Portuguese side Sporting CP in January, scoring three goals across all competitions prior to the postponement of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A pair of goals and three assists earned Fernandes the Premier League Player of the Month in February before scooping United's Player of the Month award for March.
Robson heaped praise on the 25-year-old Portugal international following his flying start to life in Manchester.
"Since he came in he has looked a special player. He has a fantastic attitude", Robson told talkSPORT. "I have met him a few times, I have seen him at the training ground, he mixes really well with the lads, you can see why he was captain of Sporting [Lisbon] and what a talent he is.
"He is not like a Roy Keane, Paul Ince or a Nicky Butt-type of player, for me, he is more like a Paul Scholes; he is brilliant at getting into little pockets in between the defence and the midfield, he gets into these areas and gets himself space.
"But he has also got terrific vision where he sees a pass but he can also perform a pass like Paul Scholes could, and he can score a goal.
"Hopefully he proves me right and he goes on to be another Paul Scholes for Manchester United."
Former Arsenal and France star Emmanuel Petit believes Fernandes is doing what Paul Pogba "should have done in terms of leadership on the pitch".
"Fernandes has made a huge impact," Petit told Paddy Power.
"In the space of two months, he is the best buy in the winter market. He has made such a big impact. It's like he's been at the club for six years.
"He's changed the mentality inside the dressing room. It's hard for a player to come in mid-season and do that.
"Paul Pogba was meant to be doing this at Manchester United. It's what he should have done in terms of leadership on the pitch.
"But I'm looking forward to seeing them together on the pitch, I want to see if that can work, and I'm pretty sure it can work."