Comparing Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne’s 2021-22 stats

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De Bruyne and Fernandes fight for the ball, Etihad Stadium, 7 March 2021.

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne are two of the best midfielders in the Premier League – but how do the two compare?

Fernandes has been at the centre of everything United have done well since he arrived in January 2020, and his goalscoring numbers during his season and a half were mind-boggling.

But the Portugal international has been vocal about not caring for numbers too much.

“The most important will always be the team,” he said to the Manchester United official website on his second anniversary at the club.

“Obviously, as a player, you want to have good numbers. I want to score goals and want to have assists.

“No player can say they don’t care about scoring goals or doing assists but I want to do that together with a good result.

“If we don’t get both, I will never be happy, I prefer to have a win than a goal or assist.”

Similarly, De Bruyne has played down the idea of individual records and awards as well.

Individual awards do matter but they come secondary,” he said to Sportsmail after winning his second successive PFA Player of the Year award last season.

You don’t start the season aiming to win the PFA Player of the Year, you aim to win the Premier League and other trophies.

“This doesn’t stop for me.”

But no matter how much they both try to dismiss it, there’s no way around the fact that the two put up exceptional numbers.

They have both been compared to each other an endless amount, with the two seen as different shades of the same position.

Fernandes is painted as much more of a goalscoring threat while De Bruyne as far more of a creative, passing genius with the difference between the two representing the difference between the two sides.

But how do their stats actually compare?

We’ve compiled their numbers from across all competitions so far this season to bring you their numbers.

Bruno Fernandes

Games: 35
Starts: 32
Sub appearances: 3

Goals: 9
Assists: 14

Penalties scored: 0

Minutes per goal: 322.22
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 322.22
Minutes per goal or assist: 126.09

Key passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League (total): 3 (75)
Successful dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League (total): 0.7 (18)
Shots per 90 minutes in the Premier League (total): 2.6 (64)

Kevin De Bruyne

Games: 30
Starts: 24
Sub appearances: 6

Goals: 8
Assists: 7

Penalties scored: 0

Minutes per goal: 261.63
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 261.63
Minutes per goal or assist: 139.53

Key passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League (total): 3.1 (47)
Successful dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League (total): 1.5 (23)
Shots per 90 minutes in the Premier League (total): 3.1 (47)


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