“He’s better than me”, Paul Scholes goes gaga over Bruno Fernandes.
Ex-Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes has hailed the club’s newest Portuguese sensation, Bruno Fernandes, for the incredible difference he’s made to the United team since joining in January 2020, saying he would have loved to play alongside the star man. Fernandes has been central to everything Man Utd have done going forward. Be it dictating the play, assisting and scoring goals, or even taking free kicks and penalties, he has been their Mr. Reliable.
His elite mentality of winning each and every game seems to have rubbed off on the entire squad, with the other players seemingly having elevated their game since he joined. Fred and McTominay now look like different beasts in the midfield, Luke Shaw looks dynamic and dangerous going forward on the left flank, and Cavani with his deadly movement and hunger for goals has started to look like a really smart signing.
The numbers speak for themselves. Bruno has already produced some mind-boggling numbers for his current club.
Since his debut, no Premier League player has more goals(12) or assists (6) away from home. After scoring his 10th goal of the season this week against Leicester, he became the first Portuguese player since Cristiano Ronaldo, in the 08-09 season, to score 10 goals in a season. Fernandes is averaging a staggering goal involvement rate of 70.4 mins and comfortably edging out Kevin De Bruyne, arguably the PL’s best midfielder, in all departments this season.
Scholes also admitted to being wildly impressed at the Portuguese’s ‘ridiculous’ numbers. Talking to the club’s official website he said:
What he’s doing is phenomenal, really. I think if you look, since he’s been [here], United would be top of the league if they won their game in hand, with more points than Liverpool, which is strange to think really because they’ve had such a bad start to the season.
He’s better than me. He’s different to me. He scores more goals than me, he creates more goals than me. I’d like to play with him, probably behind him would be alright. But no, he’s been sensational, a big difference.
I think before he came to the team, United could hardly create a chance with some of the stuff they were playing, but now they look like they can score three, four or five goals every game.”
Manchester United will be rounding out the year 2nd in the PL table after their narrow 1-0 win against Wolves last night, a sight that was unfathomable for some after their dreadful start to the new campaign. But their flawless form away from home and teams around them all dropping points have propelled them to a very satisfying position heading into the new year.
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