It’s just five months since Bruno Fernandes switched from sporting Lisbon to Manchester United, despite only making 13 appearances for the club in all competitions, Manchester United are already reaping the rewards from their £47 million pound signing.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has slotted into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans with ease. He’s notched five goals and three assists since making his debut against Wolves at the start of February, which is the most goal involvements of any Premier League player.
And Fernandes is not slowing down in terms of Man of the Match awards either, picking up seven in his first 13 games for United while outperforming the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and his teammate Anthony Martial, who has also scored six times in his last six games.
In fact, Bruno has been named Manchester United’s Man of the Match in seven of his last eight Premier League appearances – a seriously impressive stat for a seriously impressive talent.
Fernandes’ impact on the team as a whole also deserves a mention. Since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon, United’s standards have risen dramatically. Players are closing down quicker than ever. They are creating more chances and look dangerous on the counter-attack. The fact that United hasn’t tasted defeat since he joined at the end of January says everything you need to know.
With the leadership of the Portuguese midfielder, who isn’t afraid to tell his teammates what to do, a key element in their success of late, it looks like Solskjaer’s side will push hard for that Champions League spot in the coming weeks.
But with Champions League qualification, will Manchester United survive the next season challenge? Will Manchester united compete for Barclay’s trophy? Will they settle for another Top four? What does Manchester unite really need after the emergence of Bruno Fernandes?
Manchester United Football Club is currently linked with the signing of Thiago Alcantara. The Red devil nearly signed the Spaniard years back but opted to play under the guidance of his former boss at the Allianz Arena in Germany.
Winning all there is to win in Spain and Germany repetitively, the Spaniard might opt to sign for Manchester United but will settle to be on the bench with the current formed form of Fernandes and Paul Pogba returning to football after his lengthy injury lay off since early November 2019.
Another Manchester United prospects are Jadon Sancho. The Borussia Dortmund winger. Sancho had been on United radar for the past two transfer window and yet the Old Trafford team is yet to scoop him to their side.
The influence of Sancho in Dortmund attacking vitality cannot be overemphasized and adding such attacking talent to their rank could prove to be vital for the next season challenge.
Having the trident of Marcos Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jadon would scare any defence in the football world. And having the creativity of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to the rank will make Manchester United a football force once again.
Conversely, there is no guarantee of Sancho consistency and Bruno Fernandes is not a 100% guarantee to replicate the current form in the next campaign. But what Red devil however need is to be an elite football team once again.
The ever dynamic of the Citizens and the crowning of Liverpool could make the challenge even more worrisome. But, right investing in the team is the only solution that the Red Side of the Manchester team can be assured to guarantee success in the long run.
Bruno Fernandes had been nothing but excellent signing for Manchester United this season, many pundits and bookies like Bodog have tipped that if there is an award for the signing of the season, there is no doubt he should win such award.
Thiago Alcantara is a creative and technical player and so are Pogba and Bruno, but the mobility and aggressiveness of Pogba and Bruno are lacking in Thiago.
The implication of Greenwood emergence might put halt to the Sacha acquisition. The right investment that Manchester United could be reinforcing the defence and little with the attack series. Irrespective of the player’s emergence and sheer will power, the best thing that Manchester United could ever wish for is the consistency.