In Harry Maguire’s absence and on his 50th Premier League appearance, Fernandes captained the Reds for the first time in the league on Thursday evening. The Portuguese magnifico has shown his leadership qualities ever since he came to the club and was rewarded with the armband.
Our no. 18’s strike to send United ahead also cemented him into the history books. No Premier League midfielder has ever scored as many goals (28) as Bruno in a single season. Chelsea legend Frank Lampard previously held the record on 27 goals, with former Manchester City star Yaya Toure in third place on 24.
Bruno Fernandes has scored 28 goals in all comps this season, the best ever single-season return by a Premier League midfielder:
🔘 Bruno Fernandes – 28 (20/21)
🔘 Frank Lampard – 27 (09/10)
🔘 Yaya Toure – 24 (13/14)
It’s his first full campaign. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/tlSv9OdsgG
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) May 13, 2021
It’s also worth mentioning that Bruno’s 44 league goal contributions, assists included, is only bettered by Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo in Europe’s top five leagues.
44 – Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in 44 goals in 50 Premier League appearances for Man Utd (26 goals, 18 assists); only Eric Cantona (46) and Robin van Persie (45) had a hand in more in their first 50 appearances in the competition for the club. Talisman. #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/5P50yYCecW
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2021