There are not many games that have disappointed more this season than the two matches between Manchester United and Chelsea in the Premier League. All those who refused to believe that after the lull of peaceful nets at Old Trafford, the Blues and the Devils could play the match again without any personal stamp, believed in the wrong things.
United was very bad as they were the previous six times when they met with the biggest names in England football, or rather Bruno Fernandes was bad. As the Portuguese is more than half of the team this season, the sequence of events in London was logical.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, then the Gunners again, and once again the Blues. It sounds unbelievable, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team played five derbies without goals and lost the one from Arsenal at the Old Trafford with a goal scored by Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
What is the common fact of all those offensively poor matches that were believed to offer a spectacle? Empty columns for assists and goals next to the name Bruno and the surname Fernandes.
Since he arrived in Manchester last winter, he has played 61 matches in all competitions, scored 34, and assisted for 21 goals.
So, he brings something concrete to the Devils in almost every game. Even when there are no goals or assists, the contribution in the game is immeasurable ... It was felt in the first half a couple of times when the Norwegian expert decided to rest him, and then rushed to put him in the game below when the team had almost none offensive ideas.
However, we should not ignore the detail that he scored exactly half of the goals from the penalty spot (17). The performance of 15 goals (seven from the penalty spot) and 11 assists in 26 championship matches this season has opened the question of whether Bruno is the best player in the Premier League at the moment.
Until he starts resolving Manchester derbies, derbies again Liverpool and Chelsea, the answer to that question will be no. For example, Tottenham is not experiencing the brightest days at the moment, but when Harry Kane appears in front of the Big Six teams, you know that Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal will feel the same fear.
Bruno, however, turns from a tiger into a domestic cat. Since he arrived in Manchester last winter, he has played 61 matches in all competitions, scored 34, and assisted for 21 goals.