Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes (born September 8, 1994) is a Portuguese professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Manchester United in the Premier League and for the Portugal national team.
Manchester United announced on January 29, 2020, that they had reached an agreement with Sporting for Fernandes' move for a sum of up to €80 million (£67.6 million), subject to the player passing a medical and agreeing to personal terms. The deal was finalised the next day for an initial sum of about €55 million (£47 million), with up to €25 million (£21 million) in add-ons and a 10% profit share if United ever sold Fernandes. Fernandes agreed to a five-and-a-half-year deal with the team.
On February 1, he made his debut, playing the entire 90 minutes of a goalless draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at home. On February 17, he assisted on Manchester United's second goal, a header from Harry Maguire, in their 2–0 away win over Chelsea. On his European debut for Manchester United, Fernandes came on as a late substitute in a 1–1 tie against Club Brugge.
On February 23, he made his Manchester United debut against Watford, scoring from the penalty spot in a 3–0 victory at Old Trafford, in which he also assisted Mason Greenwood's third goal. His first European goal came in the second leg of the club's UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie against Club Brugge at Old Trafford, where he scored a penalty to propel them to a 5–0 win. Fernandes was named Premier League Player of the Month for the month of February on March 16th.
In a 3–0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on June 30, Fernandes scored his first brace for the club. He won many club and Premier League honors in June, including Premier League Player of the Month and Goal of the Month, becoming the first player in Premier League history to win both trophies at the same time. He also became the first Manchester United player since Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2006–07 season to win back-to-back Premier League Player of the Month honors. Fernandes won Manchester United's Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award in September, which is given to the club's best player from the previous season.
In a 3–2 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on September 26, Fernandes scored his first goal of the season in the 100th minute; it was one of the most recent goals in Premier League history, and came after referee Chris Kavanagh had blown the final whistle before a video assistant referee awarded United a penalty, which Fernandes converted.
Fernandes scored a brace and added an assist in a 3–1 away win over Everton on November 7. In appreciation of his four goals and one assist in November, he was named Premier League Player of the Month. After scoring three goals and contributing four assists in December, he became the first player to win the award four times in a single calendar year. On February 2, 2021, he scored one goal and added two assists in United's Premier League record-tying 9–0 home win over Southampton. With 18 goals and 12 assists, he finished third among the league's top goal scorers and second among the league's top assist providers.
In April 2021, a day after Manchester United revealed their intention to leave the UEFA Champions League in favor of joining the European Super League with 11 other teams, Fernandes was the first possible European Super League player to express his displeasure, saying, "Dreams can't be bought." After a backlash from players, managers, football institutions, politicians, fans, and the media, Manchester United withdrew from the European Super League the following day, which was also confirmed to be "suspended" that day.
Fernandes scored a hat-trick in a 5–1 win over Leeds United in the Premier League season opener on August 14, 2021.
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