Bruno Fernandes has arguably been Manchester United’s best player since the moment he made his debut, and now he ranks among the best in European football as well.
The Portuguese midfielder is often portrayed as someone who lags behind the rest when it comes to technical ability, however, he is proving his critics wrong with his exploits on the pitch.
Having registered 7 goals and 5 assists in 12 appearances across all competitions, the former Sporting Lisbon man is quality as an attacker and as a creator. Especially this season, the trequartista has proven to be United’s best option when going forward.
Even excluding goals, the Red Devil’s numbers are quite impressive. Having created 6 chances against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, the Manchester United talisman currently holds the record for the most chances created in a single match in all of Europe’s top five leagues this season.
Moreover, the Portuguese international also tops the charts for chance creation in the Premier League this season with 26, ahead of the likes of Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bryune and Mohamed Salah.
This completely goes against the stereotype some groups of fans have established against the 26-year-old. The current narrative surrounding the playmaker can be debunked with advanced metric as well as his xA per 90 and assists per 90 are very similar, meaning he is not just going through a purple patch.
The ex-Sampdoria man may not be the most elegant player when one compares him to the likes of De Bryune, but one thing he has going for him is efficiency – something managers appreciate very much because this aspect is what gets you wins, which most of the time he single-handedly gifts the Mancunians.