[/sport/teampages/manchester-united.html Manchester United]'s delight with [/sport/bruno-fernandes/index.html Bruno Fernandes]' recent brilliance on the field may well be tempered by a packed [/news/christmas/index.html Christmas] schedule on the horizon, provoking increasing fears of fatigue for the club's star man.
The 26-year-old has missed just two games for his club since his £68million move from Sporting Lisbon in January, namely the wins against LASK in the Europa League in August and hoa tam giác mạch the League Cup defeat of [/sport/teampages/brighton-and-hove-albion.html Brighton] in September.
The 3-0 win at the Amex in the Carabao Cup is also the only occasion on which he has not been named in the Old Trafford side's squad for a competitive fixture.
Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes faces burnout ahead of the Christmas period
Fernandes has missed just two games for United since joining from Sporting Lisbon in January
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It is a testament to the consistency he has brought and stability he has added in abundance to the midfield with his 35 appearances to date, which have included 21 goals - the most recent of which came in a double against Istanbul Basaksehir - as well as 13 assists.
It was fellow midfielder Paul Pogba's £89m arrival at the club in 2016 that many viewed as the signing who would help run the midfield given his outstanding performances for Juventus.
But it is new boy Fernandes who has usurped the France World Cup winner as the general in the middle of the park and remained the lynchpin around whom boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to be build his side.
Former United winger Nani is certainly of that view, stating earlier this week: 'A big part of this team is Bruno Fernandes.
Bruno now is a much better player than when we were playing together [at Sporting].
United's win at Brighton (above) was the only time Fernandes has been left out of the squad
'I saw so much potential in Bruno and I told him to go to England if he decided to move to another league.
I said to him: "Your game will fit there and the fans will go crazy for you!"
'The style of his football is something fans appreciate. He is a player who likes to take risks in the game, who wants to take the responsibility of the game on his back and make difficult passes, dribbles and shots.
'He doesn't care about mistakes; he only thinks about success and making the team have success.
He knows what that takes. That's Man United, isn't it?
'Bruno has done so well until now, scoring goals and setting up a lot of goals, but he will keep improving and making the team even better.'
His goals have been crucial, netting more than half of the club's top-flights strikes this season
But boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not been keen to rest his star man during his United career
As Nani mentioned, his shooting ability has become of critical importance, with the former Sporting midfielder netting nine of United's 13 Premier League goals so far in 2020-21, with Edinson Cavani, Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford grabbing one each.
And with the club facing no fewer than five games between December 20 and January 2 this season and nine games overall during a brutal festive period, United will be keen to keep their star man fresh as they look to push for a Champions League place and some silverware for the first time since 2017.
But if his nine-month career at Old Trafford so far is anything to by, Solskjaer appears to be reluctant to allow him any substantial period of rest, such is his prominence among the players.
Of all of the members of the Norwegian's squad, kynghidongduong.vn only captain Maguire has played more minutes across all competitions since February 1 than Fernandes, who made his debut that day in the 0-0 draw with Wolves at Old Trafford.
<div class="art-ins mol-factbox floatRHS sport" data-version="2" id="mol-a655e1d0-30a7-11eb-a65f-210ff1856ea8" website Fernandes is in danger of burnout at Manchester United