The Portuguese midfielder continues to perform beyond expectations in the English top flight.
Bruno Fernandes has single-handedly turned the fortunes at Manchester United since his arrival. Signed from Sporting Lisbon for a mere £46.5 million in January 2020, he has already proved to be a steal in terms of the quality he has brought in and the impact he has had.
The Portuguese midfielder recently won Manchester United’s Player of the Month award for November, after having won the same for the months of February, March, June, and August. His overall stats for the club since joining are incredible too, considering he is a midfielder and not a forward.
The Portuguese also set a Premier League record recently for the most goal involvements (15) any player has had in their first 10 away games in the history of the Premier League. Evidently, MUFC’s away form has been scintillating this term, having set a club record of winning eight away games consecutively.
With such mind-boggling numbers and feats being set, it is no surprise that Bruno Fernandes is going to go forth and break more records for the Red Devils. Therefore, it presents a perfect opportunity to look at the five possible records he can break this season:
5. Most goal involvements in a Premier League season
In the first nine games, Bruno already has 11 goal involvements. Moreover, with every passing game, he is getting into more goal scoring positions thanks to increasing sharpness and match fitness. Mohamed Salah holds the record for the most goal involvements in the 2017/18 season at 42.
While the task is definitely massive, one can bet Bruno Fernandes has enough quality in his locker to break this record.
4. Most goals in a Premier League season for Manchester United
Bruno Fernandes has scored seven goals in the first nine games of the 2020/21 campaign, which is no mean feat. However, the most goals scored in a single Premier League campaign for Manchester United goes to the iconic figure of Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 31 goals back in 2007/08 season.
While matching or surpassing Ronaldo is a herculean task, but if Bruno carries his current form throughout the whole season, he definitely has what it takes to possibly outscore Ronaldo’s 31 goals and become the highest scoring midfielder for Manchester United in a single Premier League season.
3. Most assist in a single Premier League season for Manchester United
What sets Bruno Fernandes apart is his overall contribution. He has already made three assists in nine games and will certainly add to that number as the season progresses. However, the record for most assists in a single Premier League season for Manchester United is held by two club legends.
Cristiano Ronaldo in 2006/07 and Robin Van Persie in 2012/13 made an incredible 15 assists over the course of a single season. Therefore, in order to emulate or rather surpass these two legends, Fernandes needs to make 16 assists this term for Manchester United, which is not unimaginable considering his quality.
2. Most penalties scored in a single Premier League season
Bruno Fernandes has scored three penalties already in the first nine games. He is the designated penalty kick taker for Manchester United, which means he will certainly add to that tally in his first full season in the competition.
The record for most penalties scored by a player in a single term is held by Andy Johnson for Crystal Palace with 11 successful spot kicks. With new handball rules in place and VAR to boot, there are certainly going to be more penalties awarded, allowing Fernandes to break the record thanks to his deadly accuracy from 12-yards out.
1. Most number of appearances in a Premier League season by a Portuguese player for Manchester United
Bruno Fernandes’ longevity and recovery rate is impressive. He is a vital part of the Red Devils, and cannot afford to be rested. He has featured in all of the nine Premier League games yet for MUFC and continues to do so in other competitions too.
If he remains fit over the course of the season, Fernandes could break the record for most Premier League appearances in a season which is held by another Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. He made 34 appearances in the league in the 2006/07 and 2007/08, which Bruno can certainly top this season.