Bruno Fernandes has made such a profound impact at Manchester United that it has been some time since it was irreverent to compare him to Eric Cantona.
United’s totemic Portuguese playmaker scored a memorable long-range effort against Everton on Saturday that resembled the nonchalant work of ‘King’ Cantona but it wasn’t enough as the Reds succumbed to late pressure and dropped more valuable points in the Premier League title race.
In reality, United wouldn’t even be considering the improbability of a title challenge had it not been for Fernandes’ acquisition from Sporting Lisbon 12 months ago.
After 37 league games for the Reds, Fernandes has a total of 37 goal involvements including 21 goals and 16 assists.
That’s second only to striker Andy Cole, the United great who made an incredible start for his previous club Newcastle United.
While Fernandes has a mentality where he will only be concerned by results of the team, it is difficult to overestimate his personal influence in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
United’s creative fulcrum has 13 league goals this season and it would hardly be a surprise to see him maintain his remarkable record of one goal involvement in every league fixture he features in.
— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) February 7, 2021