Manchester City legend has already given PFA Player of the Yeard award to a Manchester United player

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Manchester City legend Micah Richards has named Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes as the most outstanding player in the Premier League this season.

The former City defender believes Fernandes deserves to win the PFA Player of the Year award and doesn’t believe the Red Devils would’ve been in the top-4 if the Portuguese was not at Old Trafford.

When asked about his pick to win the PFA Player of the Year award for the 2020/21 season, former Man City defender Micah Richards said: “There are many fine candidates this year, not least Ruben Dias and Ilkay Gundogan, but the outstanding footballer of 2020-21 is Bruno Fernandes.

“His numbers at this stage of the campaign are frightening for a midfielder: 15 goals, 10 assists. Involved in a goal, either scoring or setting up, every 84 minutes. Fernandes has created 71 chances and I don’t believe United would be in the top four without him.

“The real mark of an outstanding player is what he does to others in the team and Fernandes has dragged improvement out of those around him. He also has a reputation now. If I’m not watching United and I hear they have scored, I have one thought: it’s Bruno.”

Fernandes has been in incredible form this season, scoring 22 goals and providing 16 assists in all competitions.

He has the highest goal-involvement for any player in the Premier League this season which makes him a front-runner to win the PFA Player of the Year award.

This means he would become the first Manchester United player to do so in the post-Sir Alex era.