Manchester United’s return to Premier League football wasn’t entirely the successful affair that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have been expecting. However, the 1-1 draw did mean that United are still outside the top four and remain in close pursuit of Chelsea.
The most important thing in that regard, then, is that Spurs lost two points as well which still keeps them at bay for the crowded 5th and 4th spot contentions.
Instead, as far as numbers go, the Red Devils have another one to rejoice over.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 19, 2020
Bruno Fernandes was named as the man of the match yet again. This means that the Portuguese midfielder has now secured that title in ever single Premier League game that he has been involved in with the side.
It is a more telling indication of his sheer impact that United have not tasted defeat since his arrival either. During the vast majority of last night’s fixture, Fernandes was the chief architect of nearly every piece of threat that the side created. His skills were often the sole avenue through which the Red Devils could try and make a dent in Jose Mourinho’s clever tactic of sitting deep and absorbing pressure.
In many ways, the kind of influence he has been having on United’s style is akin to the one that Paul Pogba rendered during his peak form at Old Trafford.
In that regard, there were also arguments that Pogba ought to have gotten the man of the match accolade instead as even the crucial penalty that Fernandes netted was won by him. His numbers during the half-an-hour or so on the pitch were also quite impressive.
Regardless, the duo’s pairing in the starting lineup will be an intriguing one for Solskjaer to tinker with. Now the bigger task at hand for the Norwegian is to ensure that the side does not make the same errors as last season and needlessly drop points late in the campaign and lose out on the coveted Champions League spot.