Team of the Week

Europa League Team of the Week: Bravo to Bruno as Fernandes shines for Man Utd

The Portuguese maverick was in brilliant form as the Red Devils all but secured progression to the last 16

 
9:56am on Friday 19th February 2021
By
Martin Macdonald

The Europa League returned this week for the last 32 stage, with Man Utd securing a superb 4-0 away victory against Real Sociedad.

Key to the first-leg win was Bruno Fernandes (10), who scored two of the goals.

The Portuguese took advantage of some terrible defending by the Spanish side to pass into the empty net for his first after the opposition keeper collided with a couple of his team-mates, while his second was an instinctive finish into the bottom right corner from the edge of the area.

It was a fine performance from Fernandes even outwith the goals, as he won the majority of his duels, completed five crosses into the box, sent 23 passes into the final third, and had 65 touches of the ball.

Our Team of the Week is based on a 4-2-1-3 formation this week, with the Man Utd star occupying the number 10 role.

The three-pronged attack features Munas Dabbur (9.7), who scored two and set up one for Hoffenheim, Bruno Petkovic (9.4), who scored two for Dinamo Zagreb, and Patrik Schick (9.0), who scored two for Leverkusen.

Nobody in this round of fixtures had more touches in the opposition box than Dabbur with 13, while Petkovic won a huge 16/27 duels which was more than anyone, too.

The midfield pairing consists of Harry Winks (8.7) and Alan Patrick (8.4), with the latter getting on the scoresheet for Shakhtar.

The Spurs man recorded an assist for himself against Wolfsberger, and also completed an impressive 68/71 passes.

Rangers left-back Borna Barisic (8.2) scored two goals, including the decisive last-minute penalty, as Antwerp were defeated 4-3.

Dodo (7.6) slots in at right-back.

In central defence is Man Utd's Eric Bailly (8.2), who as well as setting up a goal in the win against Real Sociedad, won the majority of his duels, 100% of his aerial duels, and 100% of his tackles.

He is joined by Shakhtar's Mykola Matviienko (8.6).

Molde goalkeeper Andreas Linde (8.2) may have conceded three goals against Hoffenheim, but he was vital in the Bundesliga even gaining the 3-3 draw as he made no less than nine saves.

Europa League
Team of the WeekFeb 19, 2021
 Name TeamAge Position
Bruno FernandesMan Utd26AM (C)90
Munas DabburHoffenheim28F, AM (C)77
Bruno PetkovićDinamo Zagreb26S (C)70
Patrik SchickLeverkusen25S (C)75
Harry WinksTottenham25DM, M (C)79
Mykola MatviienkoShakhtar24D (CL)70
Alan PatrickShakhtar29DM, AM (C)69
Andreas LindeMolde27GK63
Borna BarišićRangers28D (L)70
Eric BaillyMan Utd26D (CR)74
DodôShakhtar22D (R)68

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