There can be no underestimating the immense impact Bruno Fernandes has made since he joined Manchester United in the January transfer window.
Club officials stated Fernandes had lifted the entire mood at Old Trafford from as early as his first training session with the club and his winning mentality has proven to be a strong driving force behind the current resurgent run of form.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side remain unbeaten since the Portuguese midfielder joined half a year ago, and now they’ll be looking for further inspiration from Fernandes as the enter the final few weeks of the season.
United’s hopes of Champions League qualification remain in their own hands following a draw with Southampton on Monday night and they will be relishing the opportunity to put things right against Crystal Palace on Thursday.
United have won just one of their last five Premier League games in London (D1 L3), winning 2-0 at Chelsea in February, but with Fernandes in fine form they will be confident of improving that record.
Portugal international Fernandes has been involved in six goals in his last four Premier League away games (5 goals, 1 assist), and he knows another strike at Selhurst Park will see him join an elite list of finishers.
Another goal this week would see Fernandes become the first United player to score in five consecutive away games in the competition since Zlatan Ibrahimovic did so in January 2017.
If Fernandes were to achieve the feat this week then he would become only the fourth to do so at the club, after Ruud van Nistelrooy (twice) and Robin van Persie.
Bring it on.