Sam Homewood believes rival clubs may feel like they missed a trick in not trying to sign Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese midfielder joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon back in January and has had a remarkable impact at Old Trafford, scoring 25 goals and providing 15 assists in his first 42 appearances.
His performances helped United secure a top-four finish in the Premier League season and ensured their return to the Champions League.
Like many fans, Sam Homewood has been thrilled at what Fernandes has delivered so far.
Homewood, who joined MUTV as a presenter in 2018 and now also co-hosts the club’s official podcast, UTD Podcast, is also amazed that his form hasn’t shown any signs of slipping.
“I can’t think of a player ever arriving at a club – certainly in the Premier League – and having such an immediate impact,” he told Express Sport.
“Because you keeping thinking at some point it’s going to stop, but it’s every game he’s phenomenal.
“He just gets it and I think he loves it too.
“He’s such a selfless player. The number of assists he gets isn’t by accident, he’s constantly trying to set his team-mates up.
“He’s given a few penalties away to (Marcus) Rashford and (Anthony) Martial this season and that’s surprising because everybody wants to score goals – it’s not often you see a penalty taker happily give the ball away.
“He’s much more interested in setting up his team-mates than he is about scoring goals.
“He’s scored more goals in open play than any other midfielder in the league at the moment.
“But he’s still labelled as a penalty merchant which is brilliant because you just know they [rival fans] are upset about it.”
Fernandes is understandably in a confident mood heading into 2021 and the second half of the season.
So much so that he is aiming for his goal involvements to exceed the number of games he plays.
“I think, as I’ve said before, it’s easy when you play in a team like Manchester because there are so many good players around you,” Fernandes told the United website.
“They help you to be better and I am here to help them be better. So I think, of course, numbers are really good but it is now that I need to start to improve.
“It will be more difficult from now and I mean difficult day-by-day and game-by-game because the players will know me better.
“Of course, I am really happy to have these numbers and, obviously, it is not easy to get to this point with these numbers but I want to do better and better, more and more.
“I want to finish the Premier League this season with more goals and assists than games. That would be good.”