Dias, 23, has had a big effect on City’s defence since his £65million transfer to the Etihad from Benfica in September, serving to Pep Guardiola’s table-toppers set up a 10-point lead over second-placed United.
The league leaders have conceded simply 15 objectives in 25 video games and final weekend’s 1-Zero victory over Arsenal was their 13th consecutive top-flight win.
Meanwhile, Fernandes has continued to be United’s talisman this season and his tally of 15 objectives is second solely to the division’s prime scorer for the marketing campaign, Mohamed Salah.
But Merson admits he has been blown away by Dias’ commanding performances and ‘can’t look previous’ the defender as his clear frontrunner to win participant of the season.
‘I like to go with someone [for player of the year] who has had an effect on a team winning something,’ Merson informed Sky Sports.
‘I really do like Bruno Fernandes. I love what he’s accomplished at Manchester United.
‘People say he can’t be in comparison with Eric Cantona till United do what that aspect did in phrases of trophies, however what extra can he do?
‘He is doing his job and doing it unbelievably well. All he can do is create chances and score goals, and that’s precisely what he’s doing, however he can’t defend all at the similar time. He’s not the one letting in smooth objectives now and again.
‘He can only keep doing his job to the best of his ability and he has carried a massive football club on his shoulders. That takes some doing, believe me.’
‘However, I look at Ruben Dias and think, wow,’ he added.
‘Did you ever see Man City conceding the least amount of goals in a season in this league? I think he’s beginning to get the popularity of somebody like Virgil van Dijk.
‘When you watch him now, I think players are fearful of him. They get him in a one on one situation, and they think they cannot get past him. He’s bought that worry issue.
‘At the moment, I can’t look previous him for participant of the season.
‘Fernandes has been great, don’t get me flawed. He’s accomplished what he’s needed to do and extra, however I at all times suppose, if you end up speaking participant of the season, you must choose somebody who has received the league.
‘When Kevin De Bruyne won it last year, I just can’t see how a participant wins it when one other crew have received the league by a mile. If you’re a Liverpool participant, you might be sitting there scratching your head fascinated by the numbers you’d put collectively and one of your gamers is just not participant of the 12 months. It’s a crew sport and also you’ve bought to choose a participant from the crew that’s received it. You by no means get man of the match from a shedding crew.
‘That’s why I’m going with Dias. He has made Man City a much better crew than what they have been final season.’
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