Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has won the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for the second straight month, following a showstopping June for the Portuguese midfielder.
Bruno has played no small part in United’s recent resurgence that has some tentatively touting the club for a 2020/21 title challenge. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked written off earlier this season but his January addition from Sporting CP has helped revitalise the club, who now look like a good bet to qualify for the Champions League.
His goal and assist against Aston Villa on Thursday took him to seven goals and six assists in just ten league matches. One of the best starts to a Premier League career…well, ever.
His antics before lockdown won him the final pre-Covid player of the month award, and having returned with a bang – helping United to an unbeaten June – he has become just the seventh player in the league’s history to retain the award.
June started for United with a trip to Tottenham, where they were staring down the barrel of defeat before Bruno stepped up from the spot to secure an important point.
That was followed by a two highly impressive 3-0 victories in which Fernandes impressed – pulling all the strings against Sheffield United, before going full Hollywood and hitting a double against Brighton.
He finished the month with three goals in three league appearances, and emerged on top of a six-player shortlist that included teammate Anthony Martial, Southampton marksman Danny Ings, Wolves duo Raul Jimenez and Conor Coady, and Newcastle’s impressive Frenchman Allan Saint-Maximin.
Bruno and United continue their charge towards Europe with the visit of Southampton on Monday evening, knowing that a win would realistically put them to within three points of next season’s Champions League, assuming Man City’s ban is upheld.