MANCHESTER UNITED star Bruno Fernandes appeared in good spirits as he arrived at Carrington this morning.
The Portuguese star offered a wave as he reported for training in his Mini.
And he has plenty to be cheerful about, having helped inspire the Red Devils to yet another victory last night against Aston Villa.
His first-half penalty got things rolling for United at Villa Park, and the 25-year-old also set up Paul Pogba for United’s third with a smart corner.
The 3-0 triumph over Dean Smith’s strugglers came as no surprise – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side now unbeaten in 17 matches since January.
And Fernandes has been at the heart of it, pulling the strings in United’s midfield and inspiring their rejuvenated attack.
In fact, such has been the quality of his performances, that it has also come as no surprise that he has clinched the Premier League Player of the Month award for June.
He beat off competition from Conor Coady, Danny Ings, Raul Jimenez, Allan Saint-Maximin and team-mate Anthony Martial to pick up the prize.
And as well as winning awards, Fernandes is also chasing records.
With his assist for Pogba, the former Sporting Lisbon creator matched Micky Quinn’s record for most goal involvements in any player’s first ten Premier League matches.
Quinn, now 58, hit the ground running in the big-time with Coventry City in the nineties, smashing in 13 goals in his opening ten top-flight appearances.
And Fernandes managed to match that tally, having scored seven times and laid on a further six assists for his team-mates.
His work won’t be done this year, however, until United are toasting Champions League qualification.
Fifth-place will likely offer up a spot in Europe’s biggest competition owing to Manchester City’s ban… but United won’t want to leave anything to chance.
Solskjaer’s men now sit just one point behind Leicester in fourth and two off Chelsea in third – with games against Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Ham to come – as well as a crunch match against the Foxes themselves.