How the PL table would look if it began when Man Utd signed Bruno Fernandes

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Bruno Fernandes has been a revelation for Manchester United and his arrival in the January transfer window coincided with a marked upturn in their fortunes, something which has not gone unnoticed by betting tipsters.

Fernandes, who joined United from Sporting Lisbon, has scored 19 goals and registered 14 assists in 31 league appearances.

We’ve taken a look at how the Premier League table would look if it began when the 26-year-old made his United debut against Wolves. Note: all teams have played 31 league games unless it’s stated otherwise.

1. Man Utd – 68 points
2. Liverpool – 62 points
3. Man City – 59 points (29 games played)
4. Tottenham –  54 points (30 games played)
5. Chelsea – 52 points
6. Everton – 51 points
7. Southampton – 50 points
8. Arsenal – 49 points
9. Wolves – 47 points (32 games played)
10. Leicester – 46 points
11. West Ham – 42 points
12. Burnley – 40 points (30 games played)
13. Aston Villa – 36 points (29 games played)
14. Crystal Palace – 35 points
15. Newcastle – 33 points
16. Brighton – 30 points
17. Sheff Utd – 26 points (32 games played)
18. Leeds – 23 points (17 games played)
19. Fulham – 11 points (GD -10) (15 games played)
20. Bournemouth – 11 points (GD -11) (14 games played)
21. Watford – 11 points (GD -13) (14 games played)
22. West Brom – 8 points (17 games played)
23. Norwich – 4 points (14 games played)

We recently looked at the stats from his first year, and the results are incredible:

– With 18 goals and 13 assists, Fernandes has been directly contributed to just over half of Manchester United’s 60 Premier League goals since he made his debut.

– Those 31 Premier League goal contributions saw Fernandes break Frank Lampard’s calendar record for a midfielder of 29, set in 2009.

– Since his debut, no Premier League player has more goals (12) or assists (six) away from home than the 26-year-old.

– The midfielder is the only player to have registered 12+ goals and 12+ assists in the Premier League since his United debut.

– Fernandes has become the first Portuguese player to score 10 goals in a Premier League season since Cristiano Ronaldo (never heard of him) in 2008-09.

– He averages a goal or assist every 70.4 minutes in the Premier League this season and a goal or assist every 75.8 minutes in the Premier League since his arrival in January 2020.

– Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi are the only players with more direct goal contributions in Europe’s top five leagues than Fernandes since the start of February.

With Fernandes making such an impact in midfield, will you be backing United for success in 2021? 


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