It has been an excellent period of the season for Manchester United since the restart, as no team in the Premier League has earned more points than the Red Devils. Many experts claimed that the restart wouldn’t suit United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were in excellent form before the break.
However, United have made a mockery of those claims as they have picked up 14 points from six games. The only blotches on that record have been draws against Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, but United still have the top-four place this season within their hands. Two of the most important players that have reinvigorated United since the restart have been Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood.
Bruno Fernandes’ Impact Since Restart
There was huge excitement amongst United fans when the club was finally able to get the deal for Bruno Fernandes over the line. But, nobody could have foreseen just how important the Portuguese would become. He has immediately showcased his traits as a leader in this United side, as he is constantly talking to those around him and setting the example. No player has worked harder since the restart than Fernandes, as he is constantly seen tracking back and doing his fair share of defensive work.
However, it is what he has brought to United’s attacking play that has really been getting United fans exciting. The 25-year-old has added a new layer to United’s forward line, and his passing ability has enabled the forward three to flourish. He has also provided goals himself, as he has scored seven in the Premier League since his arrival, with five of those coming since the restart.
Fernandes has also contributed seven assists for United this season and makes an average of 2.3 key passes per game and 3.2 shots per game. Whisper it quietly, but if United are able to keep Fernandes fit throughout next season, then Solskjaer could be about to achieve something very special.
Mason Greenwood Adds New Threat
Mason Greenwood has been a player that United fans have been excited about since he emerged in the academy, and there is a strong feeling that he will be able to compete with the very best youngsters that have come through the ranks. Greenwood has needed to wait for his opportunity this season, but Solskjaer reiterated at the beginning of the campaign that the Englishman was guaranteed to fill the striking void left by Romelu Lukaku.
It’s hard to dispute that claim from the Norwegian in hindsight, as the 18-year-old has flourished in every competition this season. He has scored a remarkable 16 goals in all competitions, which is an excellent return for a first season in the top-flight. Since the restart, he has been playing more regularly and has made the right-wing in the 4-3-3 formation his own. Greenwood has scored four goals in six games and has been causing mayhem among opposing defenders.
His directness is troublesome for opposing defenders, and the fact that he is as composed on his weaker right foot as he is on his left only bodes well for the future. It’s always important to remember that he is still only a teenager, but it is extremely hard not to get excited when you are potentially seeing a future global star emerge right in front of your eyes.
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