KEY POINTS

  • Bruno Fernandes has now provided 12 assists since his debut in February
  • Fernandes joined Man Utd from Sporting Lisbon
  • He has scored four goals in eight matches this season

Even though Bruno Fernandes did not score in Manchester United’s 5-0 win over RB Leipzig in their Champions League clash Wednesday, the Portuguese midfielder set a record under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign at Old Trafford.

Opta, who are the world leaders in sports data, especially in soccer, tweeted Fernandes has now provided more assists than any other player, across all competitions, since Solskjaer’s first game in charge in December 2018.

Manchester United playmaker Marcus Rashford netted a hat-trick, while the other two goals were scored by Mason Greenwood, who opened the goal-scoring in the match at Old Trafford, and Anthony Martial, who scored the 87th-minute penalty. Rashford’s first goal was assisted by Fernandes, who now has provided 12 assists since making his Man Utd debut in February after joining the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon during the January transfer window.

In the absence of Harry Maguire, Solskjaer had handed the captain's armband to Fernandes for Man Utd's Champions League fixture against PSG last week. 

Fernandes, who played 22 matches last season for Man Utd, had scored 12 goals. In the ongoing 2020-21 campaign, the 26-year-old midfielder has netted four goals in as many as eight competitive appearances. Out of the four goals, three have come in the Premier League and one was against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in Man Utd’s Champions League opening fixture, which Solskjaer’s side won 2-1 at the Parc des Princes.

Bruno Fernandes (second right) booked Manchester United's place in the Europa League semi-finals Bruno Fernandes has made a difference at Man Utd since joining the club Photo: POOL / WOLFGANG RATTAY

With two victories in as many games in the 2020-21 Champions League, Solskajer’s boys are off to a great start, especially at home since the Leipzig match was Man Utd’s first Champions League game at Old Trafford since losing to FC Barcelona in the quarter-final in April 2019.

Greenwood, who converted his first shot at target into a goal Wednesday at the Old Trafford, received massive praise from his boss Solskjaer.

"He normally does that with his first shots, he’s so efficient in front of goal – a great finisher and I'm very pleased for him. The timing of his run, a good pass from Paul [Pogba]. I wasn’t sure if he was on or off, it was so tight this call by the referee and we were on the lucky side today," Solskjaer told Man Utd’s official website in a post-match interview.

Man Utd's upcoming fixture is a Premier League meeting against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.