Bruno Fernandes left Sporting to join Manchester United in January and we are grateful he did.
His decision to join Manchester United ended up saving our season as he inspired a Premier League fightback to finish in third place.
After our last league game before he signed, a 2-0 loss to Burnley, United sat in fifth, 14 points behind third placed Leicester.
Fernandes has been a class act throughout and he still has not forgotten his former club and his time there.
He scored 63 goals in 137 games for Sporting, few better than his debut strike three years ago. He shared a video of the long range scorcher on his Instagram page, which is below.
Fernandes’ love for shooting from distance was apparent on his Manchester United debut against Wolves.
He scored three goals from outside the box for United, an effort away at Everton which Jordan Pickford probably should have saved, one away at Brighton, and the free-kick at home to Bournemouth.
So in this regard we have not seen the best of Fernandes yet and that is a mouth-watering prospect. He has so much more to offer than what he has shown.
Rival supporters are clutching at straws calling him a ‘penalty merchant’, and that will become apparent next season.
Fernandes can score from all angles and is a big goal threat. Anybody underestimating him will get a big shock in 2020/21.
Bruno Fernandes’ impressive Manchester United debut season
- Fernandes averaged a goal contribution per game
Fernandes ended the season with 12 goals and 8 assists in 20 appearances.
- Fernandes enjoyed a 100 per cent record from the penalty spot
Eight of Fernandes’ goals were penalties, with a decisive strike on the final day of the season against Leicester, and another in the Europa League semi-final.
- Almost unbeatable
Fernandes did not lose any of the 14 Premier League matches he played for Manchester United. His only two defeats in 23 games came in cup competitions.
- Creative star: He was United’s second highest league assister
Fernandes’ average of 2.1 key passes played per game was the sixth best in the Premier League of players who started 10 games or more this season.
- Impressive United and Sporting combined numbers
In his 50 appearances this season for both clubs, Fernandes scored a total of 27 goals and provided 22 assists.
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