There is simply no denying the impact that Bruno Fernandes has made at Manchester United. The Portuguese international’s presence alone has aided the club in significant manners and to add to that his winning mentality is simply infectious.
The accolades he has notched up during his short time are also telling, the most recent of which was the Premier League’s Player of the Month honor for February.
The numbers arguably make the most objective statement about how well the 25-year-old is faring with the Old Trafford outfit and plenty has been said and written about it. However, it has now become increasingly evident that his impact also extends to his teammates and quite significantly so.
Catalyzing presence aside, Fernandes has a direct role to play in many cases. For Scott McTominay, it was the training field that United’s latest arrival took to in order to make an impact.
However, on the pitch, the former Sporting star has had a brilliant role in bringing the best out of Fred and nothing makes it more evident than this telling statistic.
Fred has been directly involved in more Man Utd goals in the 9 games since Bruno Fernandes' arrival (5) than he was in his previous 55 games (3).
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It is already clear that on his own the Brazilian has been one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League this season. But now, these numbers further highlight that having Fernandes alongside in the midfield has also helped him plenty.
Such a feat is truly the mark of exceptional talent and United will be lauding this transfer for several seasons to come, even as supporters continue to lament the fact that this deal was not locked in the summer itself.
It has to be seen now what kind of a consistent impact Fernandes will continue to have at Old Trafford, for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s initial days have clearly shown that a small sample space at the start is a dangerous precedent to hype by.