Bruno Fernandes’ stunning displays have not only made him a vital member of the Man United squad, but may have kept Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a job.
The midfielder continued his great form since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in January with two more goals against Everton on Saturday.
Fernandes’ double took his Premier League tally to 13 goals in 21 games, with nine assists to his name, while his manager will have breathed a sigh of relief with pressure mounting on him.
Only Mohamed Salah has scored more in the league since Fernandes made his debut in a man of the match display against Wolves last season.
At Goodison Park, Fernandes also scored the 100th goal of his club career in all competitions.
He scored his first 50 goals in 235 appearances, Sky Sports’ Statto account points out, but needed 88 games to his scored his last 50.
In addition, no Premier League player has scored more away goals in all competitions than Fernandes since he made his February debut.
United’s classy build up to Fernandes’ goal even had talkSPORT commentator likened it to the football made famous by Barcelona in their pomp under Pep Guardiola.
“What an exceptional goal, they’ve moved the ball, it’s tiki-taka,” Sinclair told listeners live from Goodison.
“Everton looked very tight, but it was a delicious cross from Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes connects perfectly.”
Fernandes then turned provider when, in stoppage time, he decided against going for his hat-trick to set up Edinson Cavani.