Shocking Bruno Fernandes stat emerges after penalty miss vs Arsenal

Manchester United’s season is all but over and the remaining four games of the campaign are merely a formality as Ralf Rangnick’s side limp past the finish line.

It’s a sorry conclusion to the season which promised so much just eight months ago but following the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, United are set for another season outside Europe’s fine dining table – the Champions League.

Bruno Fernandes has epitomised United this season – the Portuguese midfielder was the club’s knight in shining armor last year but he has badly struggled to reach those heights this season.

He’s still a mainstay in the team but he might have reached his first real low at the club this afternoon, with his shocking penalty miss against Arsenal confirming one stat he won’t want to see.

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According to the statistical website WhoScored, the 27-year-old has as many yellow cards as goal contributions over the last three months – a far cry from the player who scored 28 goals and assisted a further 17 last season.

SN’s verdict…
There is an argument to say that fatigue could be a factor in Fernandes’ declining form – he hasn’t missed a game through injury throughout his professional career. A positive COVID-19 test kept him out of last month’s win against Tottenham and another illness in his Seria A days.

But overall, Ralf Rangnick’s arrival seems to have hampered Fernandes more than any other player. Fresh off signing a new long-term deal, no-one has forgotten what he’s capable of but he’ll be desperate to recapture his best form under Erik ten Hag next season.

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  1. Fernandes was terrible in the last few months of solskjaers reign – in fact 2021 onwards his form has got worse and worse. It is strange that people just don’t acknowledge this.

    I hope ten hag can coach him however is he even coachable? Time will tell.

    The decision to give him a new contract is looking more foolish by the week. Many people pointed out the fact also. But united just don’t learn after the de gea/martial deals.

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