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Paul Scholes surprises Bruno Fernandes’ admission

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has confessed that he believes Bruno Fernandes has already proven himself to be a better player than he has ever been at Old Trafford.

Signing Sporting CP in January, Fernandes has completely exploded since his transfer to United. The midfielder has managed 26 goals and 16 assists in his 44 appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, often single-handedly leading his team to victory.

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Fernandes was a revelation at United | Marc Atkins / Getty Images

No player has been involved in more Premier League goals since Fernandes arrived than the man himself, and Scholes admitted he was captivated by the Portugal international in 2020.

“What he’s doing is really phenomenal,” Scholes told Tunnel Insider. “I think if you look, since it was [here], United would be top of the league if they won their game in hand, with more points than Liverpool, which is odd to think really because they have had such a poor start to the season.

“Well you thought it was a bad start to the season but they’re still here and I think they can only get better. The numbers he produced are just ridiculous, let’s hope he continues. “

Few know what it takes to be a successful midfielder at Old Trafford, as do Scholes, who has managed 709 appearances for United in 20 trophy-laden years at the club, but the Englishman insisted that Fernandes was already at his level.

“He’s better than me. He’s different from me, ”Scholes added. “He scores more goals than me, he creates more goals than me. I would love to play with him, probably behind him would be nice. But no, it was sensational, a big difference.

“I think before they joined the team United could hardly create a chance with some of the stuff they were playing, but now they seem like they can score three, four or five goals in every game.”

Fernandes’ form helped drag United into a Premier League title race, but Scholes warned fans that the Red Devils still need to improve before they can be seen as real contenders for the trophy.

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Scholes thinks Fernandes is better than he’s ever been | PAUL ELLIS / Getty Images

“If people think Manchester City are part of the mix, you have to think we’re in and around,” he said. “Maybe we need to improve because Liverpool have set such a high standard. We’ve lost three games already – I think the last two league winners have lost three and four games.

“We have 14 games and we’re going to have to do one race, there’s no doubt about it. “I think if Ole can keep his top 12, 13, 14 players fit, I think we’ll have a chance.”

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