Bruno Fernandes.

How Bruno topped United's 20/21 goals chart

Sunday 30 May 2021 14:00

Bruno Fernandes finished 2020/21 as Manchester United's leading scorer in all competitions.

The Portugal international scored 28 goals across the campaign, as the Reds finished runners-up in both the Premier League and Europa League. In the latter tournament, he wore the captain's armband and narrowly missed out on lifting the trophy in Gdansk following United's penalty shoot-out defeat to Villarreal.

Especially when you consider Bruno is a midfielder, 28 is a remarkable total - prolific striker Robin van Persie was the last Red to score more in a single campaign, back in the title-winning term of 2012/13.

All 28 goals by our Portuguese magnifico Video

All 28 goals by our Portuguese magnifico

With 28 goals to his name, it's easy to understand why Bruno was voted our Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year...

Bruno was third overall in the Premier League, only behind Golden Boot winner Harry Kane of Tottenham and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

In terms of his United team-mates, Fernandes was seven clear of his nearest challenger, Marcus Rashford, who hit 21 in all competitions. Edinson Cavani managed 17, including our equaliser in the Europa League final, with Mason Greenwood ending on 12 strikes.

Anthony Elanga became our 17th different scorer of the campaign when netting that bullet header in the final-day win at Wolves.


Premier League: 35 (2) games, 18 goals
Champions League: 5 (1) games, 4 goals
Europa League: 9 games, 5 goals
FA Cup: 0 (3) games, 1 goal
Carabao Cup: 2 (1) games, 0 goals
Total: 51 (7) games, 28 goals

Numbers in brackets denote appearances as substitute.

The 26-year-old has certainly been a revelation since signing from Sporting and, after taking part in the Euros for Portugal this summer, he will return determined to post even more impressive figures in 2021/22.


Fernandes, who won both our Goal of the Season and Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year awards, follows Anthony Martial in finishing a season as the club's top scorer. Paul Pogba was in pole position the year before that, 2018/19.

It is interesting to compare Bruno's record to others of the past. If Cristiano Ronaldo is considered a forward - he was leading marksman for three successive seasons, including a stupendous 42-goal haul in 2007/08 - there could be an argument that Bruno is the highest-scoring midfielder in a single season since winger George Best in 1967/68.