Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes proved he deserves every penny in the mountain of money that Man Utd spent in January 2020.
Bruno Fernandes is the sixth Portuguese player to wear the “Reds” shirt.
And despite having been at Old Trafford for just over a month, fans have seen grounds to believe that Fernandes is not a hefty deal, but will shine as brightly as the two brothers from Sporting Lisbon.
Witnessing Man Utd flourish since Fernandes, fans could not help but ask: “Why does Man United have to wait until the winter of 2020 to recruit midfielder 18?”.Rumors of Man Utd‘s pursuit of Fernandes appeared more than a year ago and once in the summer of 2019, Sporting Lisbon was prepared to bid farewell to their best player. In 137 appearances for the Portuguese club, Fernandes has scored 63 goals and created 52 times.
In 137 appearances for the Portuguese club, Fernandes has scored 63 goals and created 52 times.
But it was not until the “Reds” crisis midfield with injuries of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, Executive Vice President Ed Woodward was determined to bring Fernandes to Old Trafford. The fee that Man United must pay to Sporting is $ 60 million and can be up to $ 87 million if he helps Man Utd win the Champions League and the individual won the Golden Ball.
The “Fernandes effect” was quickly shown in Man Utd’s field results.
Since his debut on 1/2, “Reds” have been unbeaten in nine matches, scoring 22 goals and only twice conceding. In the Premier League, Fernandes became the first Portuguese player since Chelsea’s Deco in August 2008 to receive the “Best Player of the Month” award.
After five matches in the English Premier League, Fernandes contributed traces of his shoes in five goals (scoring two goals and three assists). No player contributed as much as Fernandes in the same period, from Mohamed Salah (four goals), Sadio Mane (three goals, one assist) to Nicolas Pepe (one goal, three assists).
His number of goalscoring opportunities are on par with Kevin De Bruyne, Andrew Robertson (11) and second only to Joao Moutinho (12), Dwight McNeil (13) and James Maddison (16). In terms of assists, Fernandes has been at the top of Man Utd since the beginning of February 2020 and is on par with Pepe (Arsenal), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and Ross Barkley (Chelsea). Along with Raul Jimenez and Jay Rodriguez, Fernandes is the player with the most shots (19). He was once successful with a long shot from the net against Everton.
Fernandes’ statistics are not just personal. According to the Twitter account @UtdArena, since the Portuguese player was born, the number of attacks based on Man Utd‘s control has increased by 13.22% and the rate of those attacks has been converted into The shot hit the target up to 29.99%.
ESPN journalist Alejandro Moreno wrote: “Man United is a poorly organized team and needs a central point, a player that others can rely on and ask him for directions. Bruno could show that he is the type of player that when he receives the ball, he knows exactly what he can do with the ball, he can read the match, look at the passes and play them. take part in attacks and are people that your teammates can come to when it is difficult. There are not many midfielders in the world like Bruno. “
Fernandes even changed Man Utd’s culture.
Right from the first training session, the Man Utd players realized that it was a player who was not afraid of adventure. He always wanted to receive the ball, no matter how tight space and always try to put the ball up front. Man United‘s collective spirit is also more coherent, and that is no wonder because, since his time at Sporting Lisbon, Fernandes has been famous for his leadership.
He can inspire through words and a constant practice spirit that makes his teammates work harder. A source told Bleacher Report: “If he is not happy about something, you will know right away.”
And equally important, the appearance of Fernandes awakened the expensive contract Fred, as the Brazilian player gradually showed why Jose Mourinho had recruited him for nearly $ 62 million. Both speak Portuguese and have a good relationship both on and off the pitch. Midfielder Scott McTominay also benefits from Fernandes, because they both share the same fighting spirit because of the color of the shirt.
That kind of fighting spirit is something that a great team like Man United had in the Alex Ferguson era and faded since the legendary Scottish coach retired in 2013. The most typical example is Fernandes’ reaction. when Man United drew 1-1 with Everton, even losing 1-2 without VAR intervention.
Man Utd fans did not spare the applause for Bruno Fernandes right from the debut match when he embarked on a ball dispute in a dangerous situation with Joao Moutinho. And until the Manchester derby, Fernandes became the new idol of Old Trafford with a mischievous assist for Anthony Martial to open the score and signal Pep Guardiola to silence in a controversial line on the edge.
If Pogba plays at his best and finds a midfield match with Fernandes, Man United will have a midfield that will make every opponent be wary.
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