Patrice Evra has revealed that he sent a text message to Cristiano Ronaldo to seek advice on Bruno Fernandes before forwarding on the information to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United turned around their season after capturing Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon for £47million in January.

Ronaldo made a similar switch in 2003 and he still has a strong connection with his boyhood club. In order to get the inside scoop, Solskjaer asked Evra to help reach out to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

And the feedback was enough to convince United to press ahead and complete the signing which played a major part in them finishing third in the table.

“United can’t challenge Liverpool or Man City. Not yet. There’s been massive damage but we’re moving in the right direction,” Evra told the Guardian.

“When they wanted to sign Bruno Fernandes, Ole texted me. I asked for advice from Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano says: ‘Bruno’s a good guy and very professional’.

“I say: ‘Ole, I’ve spoken with Cristiano. Let’s go for it’. And Fernandes had a massive impact. Without him, I don’t think we would have qualified for the Champions League,” he stated.

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