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Bruno Fernandes equals Ronaldo and Van Nistelrooy after Man Utd award feat.

Bruno Fernandes equals Ronaldo and Van Nistelrooy after Man Utd award feat.

Bruno Fernandes equals Ronaldo and Van Nistelrooy after Man Utd award feat.

Bruno Fernandes has equaled the records of Manchester United greats Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistelrooy after being voted Player of the Year for a second straight season.

Bruno became only the fifth player in United tale to win the club’s annual award in back-to-back campaigns.

The Portuguese international claimed the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year after winning an overwhelming 63 percent of the votes cast by fans beating Luke Shaw who came in second place on 21 percent, and Edinson Cavani who finished third on six percent.

Fernandes edged out Anthony Martial to last year’s award despite only signing for United in January 2020, having made a huge instant impact.

Fernandes now becomes the fifth player in club history to win the accolade in back-to-back years after Ronaldo, Van Nistelrooy, David de Gea, and Roy Keane.

And now Bruno Fernandes and Van Nistelrooy are the only players to do it in their first two seasons with the club.

There was credit for Luke Shaw, though, as he was voted Players’ Player of the Year, an award which went to Martial last time around.

Fernandes came out on top in a different award, Goal of the Season, for his noble chip against Everton in February.

That was one of 28 goals he has scored across all competitions this season, while he has also added 17 assists in a fine individual campaign.

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Eighteen of his goals and 11 of the assists have come in 36 Premier League appearances, having featured in every top-flight game for United.

There was also recognition for two former United stars on Tuesday as Eric Cantona and Keane were named to the Premier League Hall of Fame.

They join Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry in what has been labeled the most prestigious recognition awarded by the competition.

“I feel very lucky to be inducted but I’ve only been inducted because of the players I’ve played with,” said ex-United captain Keane.

Cantona, meanwhile, felt his inclusion was justified.

“I am very happy and very proud but, at the same time, I am not surprised,” said the former United talisman. “I would’ve been surprised not to be elected!

“I played football, I loved football, I dreamed about football as a kid. Of course to play in England was a dream, it was a dream for everybody, playing for the Premier League.

“I have been lucky to play in this team, with wonderful players, a wonderful manager and wonderful fans.

“We won and we really enjoyed [it], and it was the football I dreamed about because Manchester United, it’s a club where they want to win things but in a good way.

“It was like this in the time of Matt Busby, it’s the identity of this club and the philosophy of this club.”

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Bruno Fernandes equals Ronaldo and Van Nistelrooy after Man Utd award feat.

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