How Bruno Fernandes’ amazing start at Man Utd compares to their club greats

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Bruno Fernandes has hit the ground running at Manchester United since joining the club from Sporting Lisbon in January.

Fernandes has registered three goals in four assists in nine appearances for the Red Devils so far, and he has a direct goal contribution every of 95.2 minutes.

We’ve compared his record after nine games with some other United players who also got off to a great start at Old Trafford.

Ruud van Nistelrooy

Van Nistelrooy made his United debut in the 2001 Community Shield, but his goal was only a consolation as Liverpool won 2-1.

He scored twice against Fulham on his Premier League debut, but then went four games without a goal or assist in all competitions.

The striker rediscovered his form and had five goals and an assist after his first nine games at a rate of 117.1 minutes per goal contribution.

Andy Cole

Cole joined the Red Devils from Newcastle United midway through the 1994-95 season, but had only managed two goals and one assist after six games.

However, the striker then silenced any doubters by scoring five goals in one game as United beat Ipswich Town 9-0.

Overhall, he had seven goals and one assist from his first nine games, averaging a goal or assist every 101.2 minutes.

Dwight Yorke

Yorke joined United from Aston Villa in 1998 for £12.6 million and immediately formed an impressive strike partnership with Andy Cole.

He got two goals and an assist on his home debut against Charlton and followed that up with a strike against Coventry and an assist against Barcelona.

The striker then added another three goals and two assists in his next six games to take his ratio to a goal or assist every 77 minutes.

Wayne Rooney

Rooney had to bide his time before making his United debut, but he famously scored a hat-trick against Fenerbache and also set up a goal for David Bellion.

He later got a goal against Arsenal on his 19th birthday to end their unbeaten run and then scored a double against Newcastle United.

His six goals and one assist from his first nine appearances mean that he got one or the other every 94.8 minutes.

Eric Cantona

Cantona made the controversial move to Old Trafford from Leeds United in 1992, and he went on to become the catalyst for their success.

He failed to find the back of the net in his first two games, but then got four goals and four assists in his next four games.

A goal and an assist against Sheffield United took him to 10 goal contributions after nine games at a rate of one very 76.5 minutes.

Robin van Persie

United signed Van Persie from Arsenal in 2012 to try and regain the Premier League title, and he made an instant impact at Old Trafford.

After coming off the bench in United’s 1-0 defeat against Everton, the striker scored on his home debut against Fulham and followed that up with a hat-trick against Southampton.

He went two games without a goal or assist before scoring twice against CFR Cluj in the Champions League and scoring against Liverpool from the penalty spot.

Van Persie already had seven goals and added two assists in his next two games, so he got one or the other every 73.2 minutes.


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