Bruno Fernandes continues to make headlines following his instant impact since moving to Manchester United, the midfielder having quickly established himself as one of the best creative talents in the Premier League.
Fernandes has already racked up six goals and five assists since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in the winter window, his signing proving to be the catalyst behind an improved run of form for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side who look well placed to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification.
Following the success of the Portugal international, we’ve decided to look back at some past Manchester United stars to have made an immediate impression at Old Trafford, here are the five quickest players to reach 10 goal involvements for the club:
Dwight Yorke – 11 games
Dwight Yorke’s switch to a central striker at Aston Villa had seen the forward score prolifically at Villa Park, with Sir Alex Ferguson turning to the Trinidad and Tobago international to bolster his attacking options in the summer of 1998.
The £12.6 million fee represented a club-record deal for Manchester United but soon proved worth the substantial investment, Yorke settling in quickly in his new surroundings and registering 10 goal involvements in just 11 fixtures.
He netted his first goals for the club with a brace against Charlton at Old Trafford, hitting further goals against the likes of Coventry, Southampton, Wimbledon and Everton and forming an impressive understanding with Andy Cole.
That season saw Yorke finish as the joint-leading scorer in the Premier League to win the division’s Golden Boot and be named as Premier League Player of the Season, his exploits helping United to Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup success in a historic treble-winning season.
Romelu Lukaku – 10 games
Another big-money signing who made an instant impact, Romelu Lukaku wasted little time in announcing himself as a Manchester United player following a £75m move from Everton in 2017.
The burly Belgian scored twice on his league debut for the club in a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham, before scoring seven times in his first seven Premier League appearances as Jose Mourinho’s side made an impressive start to the new campaign.
It took Lukaku 10 games to register 10 goal involvements for the club, the forward finishing the season with 27 goals in all competitions as United finished as runners-up in both the Premier League and FA Cup.
He spent just two seasons at the club, however, scoring 42 goals in 96 appearances in all competitions before joining Inter Milan in 2019.
Robin van Persie – 9 games
Having seen the once ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City snatch the league title from his side’s clutches in dramatic style the previous season, Sir Alex Ferguson sought a marquee arrival in his bid to re-establish supremacy over their cross-city rivals.
His search took him to Arsenal and their sublimely talented captain, capitalising on Robin van Persie’s contract situation to sign the reigning Golden Boot winner and recently crowned Footballer of the Year.
The move proved one of the most inspired of Ferguson’s reign, Van Persie scoring his first goal for the club with a spectacular volley against Fulham before netting a sensational hat-trick – including two goals in the final three minutes – to secure a comeback victory at Southampton.
Van Persie took just nine games to reach 10 goal involvements for his new side and proved a hugely influential presence throughout the campaign, winning a second successive Golden Boot and proving the difference as Ferguson claimed a 13th Premier League title before announcing his retirement.
Eric Cantona – 9 games
The name of Eric Cantona sits proudly amongst the list of Manchester United’s greatest legends, the French forward having been the catalyst behind the club’s early dominance of the Premier League.
Cantona arrived in a bid to solve United’s lack of goals mid-way into the Premier League’s inaugural season, the star having played his part in denying his new side a drought-breaking title after helping rivals Leeds become champions of England in 1992.
The talented but temperamental Cantona may not have proved ideally suited to Howard Wilkinson’s Leeds, but soon proved to be the perfect match for United as he swaggered into Old Trafford with an unrivalled self-confidence and trademark upturned collar.
United were as low as eighth upon the forward’s arrival and he proved the inspiration behind an upturn in form, scoring his first goal in a draw at Chelsea in December before hitting four goals in four appearances.
Cantona relished the responsibility of being United’s main man and registered 10 goal involvements in just nine appearances, finishing the campaign as the Premier League’s leading assist provider and title-winner as the Red Devils ended a 26-year wait for a top-flight title.
Bruno Fernandes – 9 games
Sharing the record alongside Van Persie and Cantona is the club’s latest hero, Fernandes having instantly established himself as a fans’ favourite following his winter window arrival from Lisbon.
The 25-year-old has made a mockery of suggestions he may need time to adapt to the demands of English football, bringing a much-needed spark to a Manchester United midfield that had been lacking in creativity for much of the campaign.
Fernandes willingness to get on the ball and make things happen has added a new dimension to Ole Gunnar Solsksjaer’s side, his presence having raised optimism around Old Trafford ahead of next season.
The Portuguese international has scored six goals and provided five assists in just nine league appearances, Fernandes already the heartbeat of an emerging Red Devils side and likely to be a huge influence in the club’s bid to win major silverware in the coming seasons.