Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes told he has three team-mates to thank for fine form

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Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes should be grateful for his team-mates for his fine form in front of goal, according to former Chelsea and France defender Frank Leboeuf. Fernandes is United’s leading goalscorer this season with 21 goals to his name. The Portugal international scored twice in the 4-0 Europa League last-32 first-leg win over Real Sociedad on Thursday.

Fernandes has been talismanic for United since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020.

Leboeuf was pleased to see the 26-year-old impress in a big knockout match in midweek.

However, the pundit pointed to the performance of midfielders Scott McTominay and Fred, as well as captain Harry Maguire, as important players in helping Fernandes flourish at the other end of the pitch.

“Yeah he did what he had to do and I’m very pleased that he showed that to the world, because people were wondering in the big games [whether] he will show his talent,” Leboeuf told ESPN FC.

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“He did today if we can consider that was a big game. But overall it’s always the same thing with everybody.

“Everybody’s going to talk about [Kylian] Mbappe scoring three goals, Fernandes scoring two goals and both being exceptional.

“But you have to underline again for Manchester United the two midfield players in the middle of the park, Fred and McTominay, also Harry Maguire having a fantastic game.

“Without that, I’m not sure that Bruno Fernandes would have done the job.

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“Like without some of the players at Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe wouldn’t have scored a hat-trick.

“We have to stop thinking about individuals in football now. We have to think collectively because football is a collective sport. 

“Manchester United showed today that they were united, if I can say that, compared to Real Sociedad who didn’t play together.

“When you play together, united, you make a difference.”

Meanwhile, former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy claims United are too reliant on Fernandes and thinks they would face major issues if he suffered an injury.

Cundy said on talkSPORT: “If Bruno doesn’t turn up, United don’t turn up. He’s such a good player and he drives them forward.

“You worry for United. If there was to be five or six games where maybe he picks up an injury, a suspension or even a lack of form – over the last 12 months he’s been astonishing, probably the most consistent player in the Premier League. United aren’t that great without him.”

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