Bruno Fernandes was today awarded the Premier League Player of the Month award for February!
The Portuguese midfielder has hit the ground running since his January transfer to Manchester United from Sporting CP. He beat competition from Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wolves’ Matt Doherty and Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso.
The award was given for his league performances in February. The former Sporting maestro took part in 3 matches in Feb, winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 0 in the process. He had a busy game against Wolves, winning the Man of the Match award for his energetic and combative performance. The clash with Nuno’s men ended 0-0. A week later, The Red Devil’s travelled to West London to face Chelsea. Fernandes spearheaded his side to a 2-0 win, claiming an assist as he set up Harry Maguire for what was to be the second and final goal of the game. Bruno was once again awarded the Manchester United Man of the Match award. His best performance in February was still yet to come. This performance came on the 23rd at Old Trafford as United hosted Watford. A complete performance from Bruno inspired his side to a 3-0 victory. Bruno won (and subsequently scored) a penalty, before setting up Mason Greenwood for the 3rd goal, which wrapped up all 3 points, the Man of the Match award this time? You guessed it, Bruno Fernandes.
However, it is not solely the goals and assist contribution that he brings that has led Bruno to this award, it is everything that he brings to the table. His arrival has brought a new energy to United, his work off-the-ball is just as good as his work on it, he drives his side forward with relentlessness and has instilled Old Trafford with an air of confidence. Bruno has restored a swagger to United that has been sorely missed in recent times and long may it continue.
Bruno becomes the 3rd Portuguese national to win the Player of the Month award, and the last Portuguese to win it since Deco, the winner of the award in August 2008. The other winner is Cristiano Ronaldo who claimed the prize on 4 different occasions. (Nov and Dec 2006, Jan and March 2008)