Premier League The medium has manufactured the same goals since he arrived at Manchester United that Messi
February 29, 2020 may have changed the recent history of Manchester United. The 55 million paid to Sporting CP to sign Bruno Fernandes could hardly have been better spent.
Such an impact has had that some already dare to compare him with Cantona. “Eric came to a team that was under pressure to win the Premier [tras 26 aos de sequa]. He came and brought us all together. It was the missing piece of the puzzle. I think that’s what Bruno has done. Cantona also decides games with goals when you start to panic … and Bruno also scores vital goals “, says Paul Ince on ‘Sky Sports’.
A comparison reinforced by Gary Neville, another member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘Praetorian Guard’: “Bruno’s stats are even better than Cantona’s in his first season. Eric is a ‘God’ for leading United to win the League after so long. If Bruno succeeds, he will be too. “
Neville, former Valencia coach, emphasizes the importance of the Portuguese: “He is the best United player with and without the ball, because he is the one who initiates the pressure too. He has arrogance, personality and work ethic, everything that shirt demands. Take risks, take the ball forward … Forget Cavani. Bruno Fernandes has transformed, in 12 months, an ordinary team “.
The numbers prove him right. Since making his debut with Manchester United on February 1, 2020 against Wolverhampton (0-0) he has played 59 games in which he has scored 34 goals and has distributed 20 assists !!! A real outrage. They are, curiously, the same goals that Leo Messi has participated in (33 goals and 21 assists) in the same period.
Only Lewandowski (68), who has scored 54 goals and has distributed 14 goals, surpasses them. Right behind are Cristiano Ronaldo (48; 41 + 7) and Erling Haaland (46; 38 + 8) and Romelu Lukaku (46; 39 + 7).
There is another data that clearly reflects the incidence of Bruno Fernandes. Only three players have signed ‘double digits’ this season in goals and assists within the five major leagues. The ex of Sporting (15 + 10) leads this ranking. The acompaan Harry Kane (13 + 11) y Thomas Mller (10 + 10).
He has scored so many goals that, despite not being a forward, Manchester United’s ‘8’ is already the second top scorer in the 2020-21 Premier League with 15 goals. Only Mohamed Salah (17) surpasses him. It improves, therefore, the 13 goals of Calvert-Lewin, Kane, Son Heung-min or the 12 of Bamford and Vardy.
So superior has he shown in Premier that he has been chosen ‘MVP’ of the month four timesin a natural wing, something that no player had accomplished to date. It surpasses, for example, those who achieved / have achieved Gareth Bale, Sadio Man, Mohamed Salah, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Son Heung-min, Dwight Yorke … in their entire career. What’s more, Bruno Fernandes already has Sergio Agero in sight.The Argentine, with seven, is the footballer who has been voted ‘Player of the Month’ the most times since the English League adopted its current name.
The goal, thanks in large part to his extraordinary striking, is something that has always accompanied the former Boavista, Udinese, Sampdoria and Sporting CP for a few years to this part. In 2018-19 he became Europe’s top scoring midfielder in a single season. Marc 32 goals between all competitions with the ‘lions’, surpassing the historic records of Alex de Souza (Fenerbahe 2010-11; 28 goals) and Frank Lampard (Chelsea 2009-10; 27 goals).
But goals do not satisfy the ‘appetite’ of a winner like Bruno Fernandes. “I feel good. I think the most important thing for me is the trophies at the end of the season. I know everyone must be tired of me repeating it. I want to score and assist in every game, but I prefer not to score more goals between now and the end of the season and get titles. That, in the end, is the most important thing. In this club you have to win titles. It is not worth playing competitions, you have to be champion, “he said after beating Real Sociedad in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32.
The Premier League – they are second to 10 points behind Manchester City – seems complicated, but the ‘red devils’ still have two other open fronts. They are in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup after eliminating Watford (1-0), Liverpool (3-2) and West Ham (1-0) and aspire to reach the last 16 of the Europa League after being eliminated in the Phase of Champions groups. With Bruno everything is easier.