Arguably Bruno Fernandes’ best 45 minutes in a Manchester United shirt came in the away win over West Ham back in December.
While key goals he has scored may stand out as being more memorable, statistically it is hard to argue with the eight chances he created in one half in the 3-1 win after coming off the bench at half-time.
In the 1-0 home win against West Ham on Sunday, Fernandes played all 90 minutes and created five chances.
Only five? By Fernandes’ own high standards, perhaps he can do better. But this is well above his average of 2.8 per game this season, the third highest in the Premier League according to WhoScored.
The five key passes from Fernandes in Sunday’s home win over the Hammers was very impressive. David Moyes’ side came to defend and made it tough for them to break down.
It was the same figure as West Ham’s entire team including substitutes also managed, five key passes combined.
Fernandes was desperately unlucky not to add to his tally of 13 assists for the season, with his teammates’ finishing letting him down.
It was Fernandes’ corner which created United’s goal, with Scott McTominay appearing to glance it onto Craig Dawson who headed it into his own net.
There was no official assist for Fernandes, but the part he played in the decisive moment of the game was undeniable.
This was the 62nd game for club and country which Fernandes has played since the Premier League restarted last June.
It has been an insane schedule which isn’t slowing down. Fernandes was seen at one point clutching his leg and went down a couple of times, before soldiering on.
He was embraced after the game by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warmly, who appreciated the effort he put in.
Solskjaer probably regretted taking Fernandes off against AC Milan days earlier. United let a one goal lead slip in that match. He took no chances against the Hammers.
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