Bruno Fernandes scores on 100th game to add to sensational record
Bruno Fernandes had been on a scoring drought by his high standards in recent weeks.
The Portuguese star chose a great time to put that right by netting on his 100th appearance for Manchester United.
Fernandes scored an equalising goal at the end of the first half as United hosted Arsenal.
With Fernandes now reaching triple figures for appearances, it is time to look at his quite sensational record in a Manchester United shirt.
Goals and assists galore
United hoped when Fernandes was signed that he could become an impact player and he has proven so.
He has scored a staggering 45 goals in 100 games and added an impressive 34 assists.
Those figures add up to 79 goal contributions in 100 games, a goal contribution in almost four out of five appearances.
Fernandes’ goals have been propped up by penalties, and these have now been taken away by Cristiano Ronaldo, after Fernandes’ miss against Villa, and his teammates’ goal against Arsenal last night.
United’s number 18 should not need spot kicks to keep on scoring, as he showed last night by finishing off an impressive team move for United’s first.
Fernandes is currently United’s leader for assists this season, showing his creative qualities even when his scoring has not been quite as strong.
28 of Fernandes’ 45 United goals came in the 2020/21 season, his best for the club, and one he is currently some way off, with just five so far in 2021/22.
Value for money
United paid £47 million for Fernandes, which could rise to £67 million.
Either figure present good value for money for the midfielder, considering his sensational record of 79 goal contributions in 100 matches for the club.
Getting Fernandes on form is crucial for United under new interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
When the midfielder plays well, so do United. And when he struggles, so do United. So it is vital the new boss can find a way to make him tick.
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