Manchester United steamrolled Leicester City 3-0 this weekend, and for Bruno Fernandes, the playmaker’s two assists made the Portuguese international the club’s new leader for this season.
The 28-year-old took his tally for the campaign in all competitions to ten after a sensational performance against the Foxes, leap-frogging the injured Chrisitan Eriksen in the leader rankings and hitting double digits in assists for a third season in a row.
Fernandes now Manchester United’s assist leader for the 22/23 season
A strong case could be made that Fernandes’ performance against Leicester was the midfielder’s best of the season so far, with the former Sporting Lisbon star providing two assists for Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho in what could be a massive result for United.
With Manchester City dropping two points against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, United now sit just three points behind the Premier League rivals, with this weekend potentially the turning point for the Red Devils that puts Erik Ten Hag’s side in the title race.
Indeed, regardless of what happens in the Premier League, many fans would agree that the Dutch coach is finally starting to get the best out of Fernandes, with the adaption to playing out on the right a move that has been an inspired one from Ten Hag.
Fernandes has stepped up in Eriksen’s absence massively
United fans were fearing the worst when the news broke that Eriksen will be out of action until April at the earliest. However, the deadline day signing of Marcel Sabitzer and the reawaking of Marcus Rashford has resulted in the Red Devils enjoying their best patch of the season so far.
Moreover, the listed events have got the best out of Fernandes, who has taken his game to a new level this campaign with Eriksen out on the injury table. And for Portuguese star taking the lead in the assist rankings shows that there is more to come from the United playmaker.