Portuguese sensation of Manchester United is inspired by Paul Scholes.
Bruno Fernandes has revealed his playing style closely resembles that of Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes. Signed in the January transfer window from Sporting last season for a reported fee of 55 million Euros plus add-ons, the Portuguese talisman made an instant impact and helped the Red Devils rally to make the Champions League places.
What really strikes out about Fernandes is his ability to be a leader. He always desired the ball to help create key opportunities from the midfield and supply chances to the forwards around him. He loves responsibility and isn’t shy about making his voice heard. The kind of player United have cried out for ever since former coach Alex Ferguson’s departure.
The performances speak for themselves, the 26-year old has scored 18 goals and provided 13 assists in his 33 appearances for the Red Devils. Despite being taunted as a penalty merchant, he has scored 7 non-penalty goals since making his debut. No Premier League midfielder has scored more in that period and since his debut in Feb 2020, only Liverpool star man Mohamed Salah has scored more than his 13 league goals.
Fernandes feels his knack of arriving late into the box and scoring important goals is akin to that of Scholes. When interviewed on the official Man Utd podcast, he said
For me, I will be realistic because if I look at all of them, maybe I’m more closer to Paul Scholes than them [Andrea Pirlo, Zinedine Zidane and Andres Iniesta].”
“Paul Scholes was a guy who likes to be in the box, who likes to give an assist, who likes to score a lot of goals, and maybe the ones I said aren’t like that – like Pirlo scored some goals but maybe more from free-kicks, Zidane scored some goals, Iniesta – no-one really remembers Iniesta for scoring goals, you remember him for assists and everything else he did.”
“For England, a lot of people talk about Frank Lampard because he scored a lot of goals of course, one of the best in England too, you have Steven Gerrard too, but I think Scholes is the one who makes more difference than anyone else. And before everyone starts talking about this, I haven’t seen every midfielder in England, okay!”
“But I think in the last generation, those three were the three best ones, and for me Scholes was best.”
Source Manchester United Podcast
The star midfielder’s winning mentality is evident, saying he joined Man Utd to win trophies and contribute to the rich history of the club. He believes the Red Devils have the quality and depth to challenge on multiple fronts for silverware and does not care if people think that the other clubs are stronger than them.
Having made it to the semi-finals in three of the competitions last season, The Red Devils failed to win anything under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the current season hasn’t been kind to them either, with the club currently 14th in the PL table, having suffered three losses already.
However, the Premier League giants have already had some hallmark victories under their belt this season, beating the likes of PSG and RB Leipzig in the Champions League and an in-form Everton side, courtesy of two goals and an assist by Bruno, in the League, so there are signs that significant strides are being made amidst the inconsistency.
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