Manchester United prolonged Manchester City’s wait for the Premier League title on Sunday as they came from behind to win against Aston Villa.
Bertrand Traore had given Dean Smith’s men the lead but the Red Devils roared back after the break thanks to goals from Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani.
It was their second goalscorer Fernandes who predictably was the star man at Villa Park and his game did not just end with a well-taken penalty.
He continued his excellent recent form by being a constant threat to Villa. According to WhoScored, he had four shots – a figure that was only matched by Bertrand Traore of every player to take to the pitch for both sides.
The Portuguese ace was also a huge creative influence in the centre of the park as he produced three key passes for his teammates. Marcus Rashford in the Red Devils squad was the only player to improve upon that statistic with four of his own.
It is no surprise to see those numbers though considering that Fernandes had 77 touches of the ball throughout the 90 minutes. Once again, that’s a count that was not bettered by any of his Red Devils’ teammates.
Whilst Fernandes was brilliant in an attacking sense, as is to be somewhat expected, he was also surprisingly eye-catching in defence too.
The Portuguese star produced three clearances and an interception. Meanwhile, he also managed to contribute two tackles. Only midfielder destroyer Fred only contributed more than that throughout the game.
Having been hailed as “pure quality” in the past by former Red Devil Roy Keane, Fernandes certainly displayed that all over the Villa Park pitch.
Solskjaer should, once again, be delighted with another spectacular from his midfield dynamo.