Bruno Fernandes is already meeting and even surpassing expectations at Manchester United in his first month.
He has five goal contributions in five starts, through three goals and three assists.
United look a more potent attacking force with him in the side, and the best part of it is, he is going to get even better.
The Portugal international’s impact is being closely tracked in his own country and his former boss at Sporting has promised that United fans have barely seen anything yet.
Sporting manager Silas is quoted by Mais Futebol: “Did anyone doubt that Bruno would arrive at United and be what he is? But he will be more. Imagine what he is going to do in a few months, when you are there a few more months, much more integrated.
He added: “I watched him train every day and honestly, I never saw a player like Bruno, a player who, after training, spends an hour training shots. Sometimes I had to say: Bruno, that’s enough. I sincerely hoped that he would arrive at United and impose himself.”
Bruno has done exactly that, he has imposed himself on the United team already and is making the Premier League sit up and take notice.
Back on February 4, a couple of days after Fernandes’ debut for United against Wolves, we looked at what realistic targets for Fernandes might look like.
These were based on his contribution of 13 goals and 10 assists for Sporting already this season, and a period of adjustment being required for him to settle in England. He has clearly required no adaptation.
We said a fair target would be for him to score four Premier League goals between now and the end of the campaign. He is already halfway there.
In terms of all competitions we said between five and nine goals would be a good target, dependent on how far United go in the FA Cup and Europa League.
If he stays on penalty duty he will reach that target of nine, he’s already a third of the way.
Next season, if he gets better as Silas predicts, expectation all round could be sky high.
We also said that he should be targeting between three and five assists as he looks to build chemistry with his teammates. He has two so far, and should surpass this target with ease.
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