Bruno Fernandes keeps on making an impact for Manchester United. He scored from outside the box at Goodison Park to earn a point in a hard fought 1-1 draw.
In the first half of the season United found it tough to break teams down. Often when sides went a goal up, like against West Ham and Newcastle, that was the end.
One point should really have been three, with Fernandes himself having a late effort saved when he was put through on goal and his shot from an angle was saved.
But this was a day to celebrate Fernandes’ impact, over the whole month as a whole from his debut on February 2 to his most recent match on March 1.
The impact he has made is undeniable and is highlighted by his strong numbers.
Fernandes has scored three goals now in six games and also has three assists during this span.
Really it’s five starts, plus the final 15 minutes he played against Club Brugge away, rather than six full matches.
It’s an impressive record and his three assists already in all competitions is just two fewer than Juan Mata, equal with Andreas Pereira, and higher than Jesse Lingard.
At his current rate, Fernandes has a chance to both score and assist into double figures for United in just half a season.
His impact on the whole team is bigger than any statistic can measure, with players around him looking rejuvenated, and his set pieces a clear improvement.
This has left some United supporters believing Fernandes could win the club’s player of the season award already.
Well, could he?
If Fernandes carries on his form like this with a goal or assist in every start then he has every chance.
While some may see an award like this as disrespectful to players who have been at the club the whole year, Fernandes will have a strong case.
Fred has probably been United’s most consistent player this season, while Scott McTominay has a chance too if he hits form now after retuning to the side.
Harry Maguire and even Aaron Wan-Bissaka have a chance, while Marcus Rashford’s strong start to the season should put him in the conversation.
Fred at the moment looks like the standout candidate based on the leap he has made from last season, but if Fernandes continues like this, he could very well win it.
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