Manchester United has been unbeaten in the five games Bruno Fernandes has played for the club since his January transfer.
There was a sense of skepticism when Manchester United finally agreed on a deal to sign Bruno Fernandes in the January transfer window.
Having held a passing interest in the Portuguese midfielder for a few years it seemed rather peculiar when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finally pursued a move last month.
Fernandes had been attainable last summer but incessant reports in Portugal made United feel ‘irritated’ by the saga and eventually, no move materialized.
Yet a failed summer move didn’t distract Fernandes, and he started the current season with the same outstanding level of performance which saw him heavily linked last summer.
A move in January seemed a certainty, but when only United seriously explored the possibility of a move it all felt rather odd. He couldn’t be that good, could he? How wrong we were.
In just five games for United, the 26-year-old has firmly established himself as not only a fan favorite but a true leader who has sprinkled stardust into an exciting team lacking that special something.
His tenacity and leadership in midfield have brought an added spark to the squad while his playmaking abilities have gifted United with the key ingredient their side was missing.
Fernandes’ debut against Wolves gave us a taste of the excitement to come, and he has left supporters hungry for more with his subsequent showings.
A brilliant assist against Chelsea showcased his excellent set-piece delivery, while two coolly taken penalties in successive games highlight the confident arrogance which justifiably pumps through his veins.
In fact, since his debut for the club, Fernandes has had more shots (10), provided more assists (2) and created more chances (7) than any other United player in the Premier League.
On paper, it is another tricky test against Everton this weekend, but then so were the prospect of Chelsea away and two games against Club Brugge. Yet inspired by the brilliance of Fernandes United navigated both hurdles with relative ease and are now hungry for another emphatic scalp on Sunday.
Many other players have started brightly and faded into obscurity, but the mentality of Fernandes hints his time at the club should be brighter than that of others who first trod his path.
With games against Man City and Tottenham next month Fernandes’ next task is to somehow maintain his impressive impact on the club and prove he is a golden talent rather than one fooling us all with a purple patch.