It's Bruno! Why Fernandes has won another award
Bruno Fernandes has been crowned Manchester United’s Player of the Month for June – his third consecutive award since joining the club.
The Portuguese gleaned 64 per cent of the votes in our Official App, after a stellar month in which he scored three goals as the Reds strengthened the push for Champions League football next season and secured a berth in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final.
Fernandes’s fellow midfielder Nemanja Matic came second in the poll, with 20 per cent, as he bedded straight into a new-look engine room, behind the effervescent Fernandes and the returning Paul Pogba.
Anthony Martial was also nominated for the award, at the end of a month in which the Frenchman registered his maiden hat-trick for the club, against Sheffield United. Our no.9 received 16 per cent of the votes, but Bruno was the clear winner.
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Watch the videos, read the quotes and scour the stats, and you’ll soon know why Fernandes is Player of the Month, again…
WHY BRUNO WON
Fernandes’s impact at Old Trafford has been instant and he swept home the February and March awards prior to lockdown, by virtue of his scoring three goals and contributing four assists in his first nine United games.
While the COVID-19 pandemic may have thrown the footballing world into chaos, Bruno has emerged from the three-month shutdown as he entered it: with the desire to drive the Reds further up the Premier League table.
First, he showed his customary composure to slot home a late penalty at Tottenham to prevent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s unbeaten run coming to a halt at 11 two Fridays ago.
Then came the dismantling of the Blades and, while Martial stole the headlines with his three-goal salvo, the Yorkshire club were bewildered by Fernandes’s metronomic midfield partnership with Pogba.
Norwich in the FA Cup provided a different challenge – the Portuguese had to roll his sleeves up and commit to doing the dirty work as the Reds toiled into extra-time: just look at the effort he put in to track back and dispossess the Canaries’ Onel Hernandez as the Cuban threaten to break and sting United late on!
But Bruno saved the best until last. On Tuesday night at Brighton, he hit a post early on, before linking up with Pogba – again – to double United’s lead at the end of a half-hour where he had marshalled the hordes of Red invaders camped in the Seagulls’ half.
After the interval, we witnessed the magnum opus of Bruno - and United’s – month. A swift counter-attack to rival any of the greatest moves of the Sir Alex Ferguson era was completed by the former Sporting man’s back post volley.
He left the field well before the culmination of the convincing win, but there was no doubt as to who would be Man of the Match that evening.
And now, he’s a three-peat Player of the Month, too.
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UNITED’S PLAYERS OF THE MONTH IN 2019/20
August – Daniel James
September – Scott McTominay
October – Scott McTominay
November – Marcus Rashford
December – Marcus Rashford
January – Fred
February – Bruno Fernandes
March – Bruno Fernandes
June – Bruno Fernandes