The Portugal international has hit the ground running at Old Trafford, scoring three goals and creating four more in nine appearances across all competitions.
Fernandes's arrival contributed to an 11-game unbeaten streak for United before play was stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Fred has credited him with bringing a calming influence to the team.
"We were going through a very good phase. We were in a growing phase. We were doing very well in the Premier League, very well in the Europa League. We would have a chance to be champions (of the Europa League) before the stop," Fred told Trivela.
"But I believe that our group got together a lot [more] at the end, we started helping each other with a different view of the game and we grew up on the pitch. We started to get better together, and Bruno Fernandes' arrival was important for us, giving a calm change to our midfield. But we must also give credit to Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] and to our entire group, because we were on a very, very good rise.
"Bruno Fernandes is a very important player, he arrived and gave an 'up' in our squad. He is a player with a lot of ambition but I believe that every player who plays for Manchester United needs to have this ambition to want to win, to be victorious, because it is a gigantic club.
"We always have to think about the titles, the victories. He arrived very well, helped us a lot and, for sure, he is an inspiration to be followed. I'm sure he will still grow a lot within United."
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