Man United midfielder Bruno Fernandes broke a club record during their 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie on Wednesday night.
The hosts seemed to be headed for a slim 1-0 win thanks to Joao Felix’s early goal, but Anthony Elanga stepped off the bench to level 10 minutes from time and force a draw.
Despite having a not-so-impressive performance, Fernandes produced one of his trademark sliderule passes that led to the equaliser.
The assist saw the playmaker become the first player in Champions League history from an English club to assist a goal in six consecutive appearances.
In doing so, he beat former Man United great David Beckham’s record, which has stood for more than two decades.
6 – Bruno Fernandes is the first player in Champions League history to assist in six consecutive appearances while playing for an English club, breaking the record held by David Beckham (for @ManUtd) since 1998. Creator. pic.twitter.com/y92qBMZas8
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 23, 2022
Man United’s no.18 set up goals against Villarreal twice, Atalanta twice, and Young Boys, but was rested for the home clash with the Swiss champions.
With no away goal rule, the tie hangs delicately in the balance ahead of the return leg in a fortnight.