Despite just being at Man United, Bruno Fernandes quickly proved his influence both on and off the pitch. He proved that he deserved the 68 million pounds that “Red Devils” have spent.
After a 0-2 loss to Burnley in January, the United players left the field quietly with their heads bowed. The number of “Red Devils” supporters at Old Trafford has been reduced quite a lot but the rest still makes people feel indignation with incessant boos.
But then Bruno Fernandes came and helped Man United to have explosive performances. With the arrival of the Portuguese newcomer, the fans of the red half of Manchester began to dream about a brighter future.
Currently, Bruno Fernandes has 9 appearances for Man United and scored 3 goals, 5 assists and contributed a lot to the team’s play. Before the football tournaments were suspended, Man United went through an unbeaten 11 matches in all competitions, the longest under coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They went deep in the FA Cup, Europa League and strengthened their position to attend the Champions League next season.
Before Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford, United was also without Paul Pogba due to injury. Therefore, they do not have the necessary creativity. In the defeat to Burnley, “Reds” owned the ball up to 72%, creating 24 finishes, but those were opportunities not dangerous.
By the confrontation with Chelsea, Man United held the ball only 38.8%, creating 9 shots. However, they scored 2 goals and won the final 2-0. The main difference is Bruno Fernandes. He integrated very quickly with his new teammate and influenced the playing style of the “Red Devils” thanks to the qualities of a top midfielder.
“He gives us the difference with the ball moves forward, the passing lines. He is always risky, and that’s what a Man United player always needs,” said coach Solskjaer’s compliment for the new student.
In the Man United debut in the Premier League, Bruno Fernandes could not help the home team win against Wolves but he still proved his ability. Creativity without Pogba is no longer a problem for Man United with passes from the Portuguese newbie.
After 5 matches in the Premier League, Fernandes has an accurate pass rate of only 76%, far behind Jesse Lingard (87%). However, Fernandes was the one chosen because his number of forwarding passes was superior, 93 passes / 5 matches compared to 73 passes / 20 matches.
As of February 1, Bruno Fernandes is leading Man United in the important offensive indicators: opportunities to create passes, number of finishes on target, cross the ball, number of passes in the opponent’s court, number of crosses and the number of passes in the penalty area.
In 8 matches with Bruno Fernandes, Man United scored 21 goals. The number of goals per game has improved significantly, from 1.6 to 2.6. It proves that Fernandes is Man United’s most important player at the moment.
Bruno Fernandes was also tasked with working on fixed situations at Man United. Assists for Anthony Martial to score in a 2-0 win over Man United showed that Solskjaer’s belief is right.
The personality of a star – Bruno Fernandes
At a big team like Man United, talent is probably not enough to succeed. That is why players like Alexis Sanchez and Angel Di Maria have failed, although they have confirmed their class elsewhere. And Fernandes does not, he shows his own personality even when he was a “wet foot” to Old Trafford.
In the Manchester derby, Bruno Fernandes exchanged words with coach Pep Guardiola. After that, he gestured silently to the Spanish strategist.
“I really respect Pep for what he did and dedicated to football. But at the time, he didn’t respect me and he didn’t deserve my respect,” Fernandes said after the game.
On the pitch, Bruno Fernandes often shouted, asking his teammates to move more actively. That’s not what any rookie can do. That is the quality of a leader, a top player.
Harry Maguire, the captain of United and David De Gea, who has long been associated with the “Red Devils”, admits that Fernandes has a special quality and confidence. Luke Shaw praised the influence of his new team-mate both on and off the pitch.
Meanwhile, Roy Keane, the most stylish captain of the Premier League era, thinks Fernandes is a bit arrogant. However, that is what helped the midfielder succeed at Man United. In addition, Keane also thinks that Fernandes is helping his teammates to improve.
A Martial who was always questioned about his form shone brightly in the absence of Marcus Rashford. The French striker scored 4 goals in the last 6 games and 3 of them were created by Fernandes. In midfield, Nemanja Matic and Fred both play a lot better. On the right corridor, Aaron Wan-Bissaka also made progress in the attacking front.
Now the boos at Old Trafford have left behind. Bruno Fernandes brought warm sunshine from the Iberian peninsula to clear the gloomy mist at Man United. And when the Premier League returns, United are expected to finish the season in a higher position, thanks to the presence of talented rookies.
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