Bruno Fernandes has contributed to 15 goals for Manchester United since his debut back on February 1.
The Portuguese midfielder has been a huge hit at Old Trafford after joining from Sporting Lisbon for an initial fee of £46.6million in a deal that could rise to £68m.
From Fernandes’ seven goals and eight assists, only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have contributed to more goals in Europe’s top five league’s since the 25-year-old’s first match for the Red Devils against Wolves.
Barcelona talisman Messi has a whopping 26 combined goals and assists since February 1 whilst Juventus frontman and Portugal team-mate Ronaldo has 17 – two more than Fernandes.
The midfielder made an instant impact with the Red Devils as he claimed the Premier League’s Player of the Month accolade for February, his first month in the league.
Fernandes has not slowed down since the lockdown either, as he won the Player of the Month award again for June along with the Goal of the Month award – making history as the first player to win both awards in the same month after his brilliant striker against Brighton.
He also became the first Manchester United player since Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2007-08 season to win back-to-back Player of the Month titles.
However, Fernandes’ efforts on the pitch have caught the eye and spread much further than English soil.
As stated, he sits third in the goal contributions table since his arrival at Old Trafford behind two of football’s most decorated talents in Messi and Ronaldo.
He is rubbing shoulders with the best, as just behind him on 14 contributions is Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata, Sassuolo’s Francesco Caputo and Lazio striker Ciro Immobile.
Valencia winger Gerard Moreno, AC Milan attacker Hakan Calhanoglu and Bayern veteran Thomas Muller make up the top 10, as Fernandes further solidifies his indispensable status under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The former Sporting Lisbon man played a key part as he helped Manchester United finish third in the Premier League and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
He netted a 71st-minute penalty against Leicester on the final day to leapfrog the Foxes and secure a top four finish, as Jesse Lingard finished the job eight minutes into stoppage time.
United’s season is not over, with the second-leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie against LASK still to come on August 5.
They enter the match with a five-goal lead on aggregate after Fernandes set up Odion Ighalo for the opener in the first-half.