It is just over two years since Bruno Fernandes signed for Manchester United, and during the time that has elapsed since he has more than lived up to expectations.
While the weight of the club’s ongoing failures continues to hold Fernandes back from being mentioned fairly in comparison to any of United’s past greats, it is hard to argue with his individual record since he signed.
Fernandes is already the club’s 56th highest goalscorer of all time with 49 Red Devils goals, more than Teddy Sheringham, Louis Saha, Paul Pogba, Carlos Tevez, and Andrei Kanchelskis, among many notable names.
Arguably even more impressive is Fernandes’ creative side. This season he has 14 assists in all competitions, making it 40 in total since he joined the club. 40 assists and 49 goals in 117 games is a phenomenal record.
Premier League’s most creative player
Figures highlighted by Opta show that since Fernandes signed for Manchester United in 2020, no player in the Premier League has created more chances than he has.
Fernandes has created 201 chances, and would have a lot more assists than he does now if his teammates had been more clinical
Fernandes has had a strong showing this season in both the Premier League and Champions League.
FBRef data shows Fernandes leads the league for key passes this season with 77. In the Champions League he made 20, recently overtaken by Dusan Tadic (24), having led after the group stages.
It has to also be noted, Fernandes is not perfect. His creativity brings with it an element of risk-taking, and when it goes wrong, his squandering of possession can be frustrating.
Fernandes will likely benefit from the incoming arrival of United’s next manager, whoever it may be. He is a top player who like the rest of the squad, need a sense of direction.
The current priority for Fernandes, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, is reaching the World Cup. His Portugal side face Turkey in a play-off, and the winner plays either Italy or North Macedonia – with only one spot at Qatar 2022 for the four teams.
If Portugal go through, Fernandes and Ronaldo will return to Manchester United in good spirits and with a spring in their step. Let’s not consider the alternative.