Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw teased Bruno Fernandes as he hailed the Red Devils star’s “unbelievable” impact at Old Trafford.
Fernandes has taken United and the Premier League by storm since arriving from Portuguese giants Sporting CP in January last year.
The Portugal international has scored 15 goals and tallied 10 assists for second-placed United this season ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.
Fernandes has 40 goal involvements in his 40 Premier League appearances so far (23 goals and 17 assists). However, three of the last four matches in which the Portuguese has failed to register a goal or assist have been in London (against Chelsea, Arsenal and Fulham).
Shaw poked fun at team-mate Fernandes – who has netted 34 times in 61 matches across all competitions – telling Adidas: “We do talk a bit, but honestly the guy’s numbers are unbelievable, what he’s doing and how he’s doing it.
“I said to him ‘Bruno, I’ll be honest, you weren’t great [against Real Sociedad in the Europa League last-32 first leg] but you scored two goals. I just don’t know how you do it!”
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Shaw added: “I think people in football understand the game and how important that player is, who doesn’t get many assists or goals, but a lot of the outside world is all about stats.
“It’s understandable because they watch it and they want to see those things, but you’ve just got to deal with it.”
United face Palace in London midweek, 15 points adrift of runaway leaders and neighbours Manchester City.
Only four clubs in English top-flight history have had a longer unbeaten away run than United’s current 20-match streak (W13 D7).
United have not lost any of their last seven league games in London (W4 D3), last having a longer run without defeat in the capital between December 2011-December 2013 (13 games).
The Red Devils have never lost in 11 Premier League away games against Palace – the most one side has played at another without ever losing in the competition (W8 D3).