The spectacular changes of MU since Bruno Fernandes came
Midfielder Bruno Fernandes has impressed since moving to Manchester United in January, becoming an important factor in the rise of the team.
MU improved significantly in form in 2020 and coincided with the arrival of midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who was brought in during the January transfer window.
MU played 24 Premier League matches before Fernandes arrived, plus 3 in the FA Cup, 5 in the Carabao Cup and 6 in the Europa League.
Those 38 matches brought 18 wins, 10 draws (one of which led to a penalty shootout victory) and 10 losses, including 9 wins in the Premier League. This result brings a 47.4% win rate in all arenas.
Since the end of January, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team has played 5 matches in the Premier League, 1 in the FA Cup and 3 in the European Cup. With 6 wins and 3 draws, the win rate is up to 66.7%.
Man Utd scored 22 goals in 9 matches since Fernandes arrived, conceding just twice, reaching an average of 2.4 goals and 0.2 goals. Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Clubton’s Emmanuel Dennis are the rare players to beat the MU goalkeeper during this time.
In the 38 games before the Portuguese midfielder arrived, the “Reds” scored 36 goals in the Premier League and 25 goals in cup matches, an average of 1.6 goals per game.
On the opposite side, 36 goals in all competitions (29 in the Premier League and 7 in cup) led to the level of 0.95, though still less than one goal per game but there was a noticeable change.
Control the ball
According to FBref data, MU has touched the ball an average of 668.5 times in 8 Premier League matches and the European Cup since Fernandes arrived, including 26.6 times per match in the opponent’s penalty area.
In the previous 30 matches, the ratio was 665.1 times per game and 25.4 times in the penalty area of the opponent.
MU has improved statistically since Fernandes until he hit hard on midfield. Of course, it remains to be seen which direction to follow in the last leg of the season.