Bruno Fernandes has made a substantial impact since joining Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020.
The Portugal international clearly makes United click – his arrival proved the catalyst for Champions League qualification last season, and he made the difference yet again in their 3-1 win over Everton.
We’ve collected seven stats from the calendar year that prove Fernandes is United’s heartbeat.
– Fernandes has now been directly involved in 23 goals in 21 Premier League appearances, averaging a goal every 76.6 minutes.
– In all competition, he has scored 18 goals and provided 13 assists in 33 appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
– The Portugal international has registered 10 Premier League assists since making his Premier League debut, more than any other Premier League midfielder.
– Since Fernandes made his debut in February 2020, Mohamed Salah is the only player to score more than his 13 Premier League goals.
– Despite being called a penalty merchant, he has scored seven non-penalty league goals since making his debut. No Premier League midfielder has scored more in that period.
– With 10 goals and five assists, Fernandes has more goal involvements in his first 10 Premier League away matches than any player in the competition’s history.
– His efforts against Everton were acknowledged with the Man of the Match award – the fifth time Fernandes has been given the accolade since moving to England. No player has received more during the period.