Manchester United were dominant as they secured all three points in a convincing manner when they won 3-0 against Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Red Devils were superb throughout the second-half in particular, after a shakey first-half spell during which Bruno Fernandes’ penalty broke the deadlock and the visitors had a goal ruled out by VAR due to a hand-ball.
As such, Anthony Martial was a picturesque figure, dinking an absolute beauty to make it 2-0. This was followed by Mason Greenwood’s winner, which was deftly created by Fernandes.
While the whole squad put up an ace performance, there is simply no denying the sheer difference that the Portuguese midfielder has brought to the outfit. This was his fourth showing in all competitions, and already he has overtaken the goal contribution figures of another United player.
With two assists and a brilliant goal to his name, Fernandes has more goal-involvement for the Red Devils this campaign than Jesse Lingard has mustered all season long.
The statistic takes on an even grimmer outlook when one views the fact that Lingard’s two goals came against Astana in the Europa League and Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup respectively.
When Lingard was functioning in the spot that Fernandes is swiftly making his own earlier in the season, more than one supporter was disappointed with the Englishman.
Now 27 years of age, such numbers really spell a gloomy future for the academy graduate, whose potential has perhaps been untapped for far too long now.
With Andreas Pereira sporting better numbers and the sheer brilliance with which Fernandes is expected to continue, Lingard will still be the last option at Old Trafford and that is even with one discounting Paul Pogba from the equation altogether.
Is the writing on the wall for Lingard or is there a future after all?