Bruno Fernandes has been a galvanising addition to Manchester United in 2020.
The Portuguese star is already viewed as one of the Premier League’s best players, and the statistics this season support that already.
Despite United’s indifferent start to the season, Fernandes has been a consistently strong performer.
According to data from Whoscored.com, Fernandes ranks second in chances created per game this season in the Premier League.
United need him
Fernandes has made an average of 3.6 key passes for United this season, the second highest in the Premier League.
Only Kevin de Bruyne averages more with 3.8, although he has played one game fewer. Fernandes has two assists to De Bruyne’s one.
And it’s also worth factoring in that in one of these matches, Fernandes was substituted off at half-time because United were reduced to 10 men.
It is Fernandes’ good form and consistent play which makes him almost undroppable and has made it tough for Donny van de Beek to break into the side.
Who else has been creating chances?
In the Premier League, Juan Mata is not far behind Fernandes, averaging three chances created per game. However, Mata has only played two league matches.
Beyond them, Marcus Rashford is averaging 1.6 chances created per match, and Scott McTominay 1.5. Dan James averages one key pass per game.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah created two chances in his one appearance on the opening day, and has not featured since.
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