Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has been a total revelation at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese magnifico has been one of British football’s best players since joining United from Sporting Lisbon last year and he has already scored 15 goals and supplied 9 assists in all competitions this season.
Fernandes is also the first player to win four Premier League Player of the Month awards in a year.
However, every great player can have a rough day, and Fernandes is no exception, as he endured a game to forget against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
The 26-year-old has been in scintillating form since the start of the season, having bagged eleven goals and seven assists in the Premier League, earning himself a high average SofaScore rating of 7.68 for his performances.
Against the Reds, however, SofaScore graded Fernandes with a low 6.6 rating, which was his second-lowest score this season, which just goes to show he struggled to get a foothold in the game against Liverpool.
The Portugal international failed to make much of an impact, winning just two out of his seven duels in total (28%), emphasising that he offered very little in the final third as he lost the majority of his individual battles in the midfield.
He produced an error-strewn performance against Klopp’s side, as it’s fair to say that Fernandes was utterly wasteful in possession, as he lost control of the ball 19 times and only provided 18 accurate passes from 31 attempts (58%), compared to the 51 passes he managed against Burnley. This is further highlighted by the fact that he made even fewer passes than the defensive-minded Fred (30).
It just simply wasn’t to be his night after he curled a free kick inches wide in the first half as he endured a frustrating game from thereafter.
By comparison, his direct opponent, Thiago Alcantara, enjoyed a more fruitful afternoon, earning himself a high rating of 8.1 for his efforts, the second-highest out of any player on the pitch, which will no doubt have only further worsened his frustrations.
Fernandes looked out of sorts against Liverpool as he struggled to make much of an impression, which may cause Solskjaer a few sleepless nights, as his side missed a real opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table.
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