Bruno Fernandes could join exalted company if he scores against Crystal Palace
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Bruno Fernandes could join exalted company if he scores against Crystal Palace

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes could join an exclusive club if he scores against Crystal Palace on Thursday night. 

The midfielder has arguably been the Reds' best player since his January arrival, with his name first on all of Ole Gunnar's team sheets. 

So far, the Portuguese has notched five goals in his last four Premier League away games, with his brace at Brighton & Hove Albion sandwiched between efforts against Everton, Tottenham and Aston Villa. 

If he finds the net at Selhurst Park, he’ll be the first United player to score in five straight away games in the competition since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January 2017.

Overall, he will become the fourth United play to do so, following in the footsteps of Dutch strikers Ruud van Nistelrooy (twice) and Robin van Persie.

The match away to Palace is crucial for United in their quest to qualify for the Champions League.

They cannot afford to drop more points at this stage, having slipped in Monday night's 2-2 draw at home to Southampton. 

A win would see them move to within a point of fourth-placed Chelsea, who won 1-0 against Norwich on Tuesday night.

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