Examining the initial performances of Manchester United, it’s safe to claim that no one expected them to finish in the top four, qualifying for Champions League football next season.
Yet they have done it tastefully, remaining unbeaten for 14 games in the competition, with an intriguing turn of events from the moment a key January addition started operating in their midfield.
Bruno Fernandes, arriving from Sporting during the final stages of the winter transfer window, is hailed to have pushed the Mancunians to secure the third spot on the table.
Despite the impact he has had on the team, both on and off the pitch, the effective playmaker has broken an enviable record, registering more goals and assists than any other January signing in the history of Premier League football.
The efficacy with which he operates in the centre or attacking midfield added to his consistency and makes him a great addition enough. However, his eye for goals has never lacked focus, evident from the stats he tallied up within just half a year.
Upon his arrival at Old Trafford, the 25-year-old has appeared in 14 domestic games altogether, being directly involved in more goals (15) than any other player in the division. Splitting the stat, the Portuguese has claimed eight goals and seven assists to his name.
Furthermore, following the final fixture of the Premier League on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjær had showered major praises to the Portugual international, claiming that he was indeed a “massive influence” and a “massive impact” to the club.
With the 2020/21 campaign set to premiere on 12th of September, supporters expect that such massive praises from the club manager and of course from other distinguished figures in the past would suffice for Fernandes to continue his mesmerising performance into next season as well.