Bruno Fernandes’ opening goal against Liverpool was a record-setting strike.
The goal was Fernandes’ 28th goal of the season in all competitions.
This is the highest number scored by a midfielder in the Premier League era, breaking Frank Lampard’s record.
Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard scored 27 in the 2009/10 season.
More of Fernandes’ goals came from open play too. Lampard scored 10 penalties, while Fernandes netted nine.
It says so much that Fernandes was able to accomplish this goalscoring feat in just his first full season as a Manchester United player.
To add to his efforts, Fernandes also has a very impressive 17 assists.
One more push…
This record came on a night where United slipped up, losing 4-2 with a terrible defensive display. Fernandes’ help in giving United the lead was wasted.
He had a chance to add to it with a late free-kick, but unlike in the FA Cup, Fernandes’ effort sailed over the bar.
United can do without Fernandes for the final two games of the Premier League season.
He would no doubt love to play against at least one of Fulham or Wolves and try and push his tally closer to 30.
But United have to preserve him for the Europa League final. There was a scary moment against Liverpool in the first half when he went down with an injury.
It’s crucial he starts against Villarreal in the Europa League final on May 26 and is fully fit for the game.
United just need one more big 90 minutes, 120 if required, from Fernandes, to clinch silverware. That’s now all that matters.
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