Bruno Fernandes crowned Manchester United’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year

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Bruno Fernandes crowned Manchester United's Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year
Bruno Fernandes crowned Manchester United's Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year

Bruno Fernandes has been crowned Manchester United’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for the second successive season. 

Bruno Fernandes has enjoyed a brilliant first full season at Man United and has scored plenty of goals in the process. The Portuguese midfielder lifted the trophy in his first campaign at Manchester United. He won the top individual prize again for 2020/21 after fans voted in huge numbers.

The classy playmaker was Player of the Month in November and December, and was also nominated in October and February. He also voted Man of the Match on 12 occasions.

What is Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year Award ?

The Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, previously known as the MUFC Members Player of the Year (1988–1995), is an award presented to the Manchester United fans’ player of the season. It is named after former Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby, who managed the club in two spells, from 1945 to 1969 and from 1970 to 1971. The award was renamed in his honour in 1996, following his death in 1994, and a new trophy was commissioned – a scaled-down replica of the statue of Busby at the east end of Old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandes scored 18 times in 36 Premier League starts. He also claimed nine goals in Europe (Champions League and Europa League). His masterful free-kick winner against Liverpool in the Emirates FA Cup was the best sight for his fans.

He has provided 11 assists in the Premier League and a further five in European competition. Bruno also topped many charts for the most creative and productive midfielder around. A few days back, he broke Frank Lampard’s goal record for a midfielder in the Premier League era with his latest strike against Liverpool.

During the 2009-10 campaign, Frank Lampard’s eighth season in the Premier League, the Englishman bagged 27 goals for the Blues which helped Chelsea secure a domestic double by winning the Premier League and the FA Cup. The United star has now scored 28 goals, with this being his first full season for Manchester United after joining from Sporting Lisbon in the January window of the 2019-20 campaign.

Luke Shaw and Edinson Cavani emerged as the main rivals for the prize after also enjoying superb seasons in the red shirt. In the end, however, Bruno won the award with 63 per cent of the votes cast. Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford finished in fourth and fifth respectively.

2020/21 PLAYER OF THE YEAR RESULT

1. Bruno Fernandes : 63%
2. Luke Shaw : 21%
3. Edinson Cavani : 6%