The Portugal international has been the catalyst behind the resurgence of the Red Devils that has led them to ensure a result in the top four.
In October, it looked like Manchester United needed a miracle if they were to secure Champions League football.
They were languishing in 13th place in the Premier League, were unable to achieve a series of victories and had endured their worst start to the season in 30 years. Even in early 2020, they were 10 points behind third and six behind Chelsea in fourth.
Fernandes has proven to be the miracle they were looking for. When Portugal’s 5’10 “wizard arrived in Manchester, United sat 14 points behind Sunday’s opponents Leicester. They finished the season four points and two places above the Foxes, with Champions League football assured for the next period.
It was fitting that, despite one of his poorer performances in a United jersey, Fernandes was the player who scored the crucial goal at King Power Stadium to cement a top-four result for the Solskjaer team.
Since his debut in February, no player has participated in more goals in the Premier League. He has seven assists to meet his goals, while his contribution extends far beyond the successful attacks to which he has contributed.
The United players talk about how it has lifted them in the locker room; Since their arrival they have been undefeated in the league.
In Leicester, Solskjaer arrived in his club outfit. It wasn’t a Wembley final, but the Norwegian knew there was more rest in the game than a trophy.
More than that for United, finishing in the top four would help demonstrate that they are heading in the right direction and that rebuilding Solskjaer can bring them back to the top of the game in both England and Europe.