Bruno Fernandes’ assist for Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester United’s 3-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur was pretty special.
The speed at which Fernandes received the ball and spotted Ronaldo was ridiculous.
Then, the Portuguese midfielder played a pinpoint pass that only Ronaldo could get on the end of. The 36-year-old did the rest, volleying home to give United the lead.
It was a moment that served as a reminder of the quality in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
They’ve not always got it right this season – the 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool was proof of that – but United have world-class players, and they now find themselves just three points behind Manchester City in the Premier League table.
Fernandes took his number of goal contributions in the league this season to seven – he has four goals and three assists – and he’s going to continue to rack up the numbers if his current output is anything to go by.
The 27-year-old will reach double figures for goals and assists at his current rate. He did that last season, too.
There’s a strong claim to be made that Fernandes is the best playmaker in the league right now, and further evidence of that comes when you look at the number of chances he has created so far this season.
Most chances created in Premier League
The Man United man has created 11 more chances than any other player in the top flight. That’s some gap.
Using stats from BeIN Sports, here are the top players so far in 2021/22 ranked by chances created.
Nb. Article was written ahead of Wolves vs Everton on November 1.
10. Pascal Gross | Brighton – 18 chances (8 games)
9. Raul Jimenez | Wolves – 20 chances (9 games)
=6. Luke Shaw | Man United – 21 chances (10 games)
=6. Youri Tielemans | Leicester City – 21 chances (10 games)
6. Michail Antonio | West Ham – 21 chances (9 games)
=4. Matt Ritchie | Newcastle – 24 chances (10 games)
4. Mohamed Salah | Liverpool – 24 chances (10 games)
=2. Jack Grealish | Manchester City – 26 chances (9 games)
2. Trent Alexander-Arnold | Liverpool – 26 chances (8 games)
1. Bruno Fernandes | Manchester United – 37 chances (10 games)
So Fernandes comes out on top by some margin.
Of course, he’s played more games than Grealish and Alexander-Arnold, so the gap will most likely shrink when they catch up.
But Fernandes is still ahead when it comes to chances created per game. His rate of 3.7 chances created per game is ahead of the Alexander-Arnold’s (3.25) and Grealish’s (2.89).
He’s some player.