Bruno Fernandes has been an instant hit since signing for Manchester United.
His performances for Sporting suggested it was possible, but there were questions whether he would be able to replicate his form for United, especially right away.
Thankfully for us, he has done, and his 2019/20 so far is a masterpiece. If it ends now, there is plenty for him to be proud of.
This season he has 36 goal contributions – that’s goals and assists, in 37 games. It’s a dazzling record and one we are going to break down and look at how he got here.
Minor bump and super start
Fernandes’ first game of the season was a disaster. His Sporting side were thrashed 5-0 in the Portuguese Super Cup by Benfica on August 4 and he was booked in a heavy loss.
It’s likely a summer of transfer speculation which came to nothing was weighing on him and this performance did not help him clinch a late move.
When the league season began in Portugal he had cleared his head and played like a man possessed.
He provided four assists and scored three goals in his first five games.
Fernandes ended Sporting’s domestic season with eight goals and seven assists in the league.
He added to this with two goals and four assists in Portuguese cup competitions.
The Europa League was another success story for him. He scored five goals in five games and provided three assists.
By time he left Sporting for United he had 15 goals and 14 assists to his name.
He has carried on the magic
Fernandes has slotted in seamlessly at United and raised the standards of everybody around him.
He has three goals and four assists in nine games across the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League.
In total he has 18 goals and 18 assists this season in 37 total appearances.
Last season he scored a staggering 32 goals for Sporting and provided 18 assists, in 53 appearances.
In Fernandes’ last 90 games for Sporting and Manchester United he has 86 goal contributions.
Granted, most of these have come for Sporting, but he has carried on his form in Portugal over in England.
If his next 90 games are anything like his last 90 games, we are in for an exciting ride.
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