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Paul Scholes has targeted Bruno Fernandes and feels the striker was not strong enough when Manchester United beat Leeds on Sunday.
Fernandes, 27, scored one goal and assisted another as the Red Devils took care of the Whites 4-2 on Elland Road. The result means that Ralf Rangnick’s team is in a Champions League place. They sit on fourth goal clubs below them have significant matches in hand.
It has been an up-and-down campaign for United in 2021-2022. The euphoria of buying Cristiano Ronaldo was quickly replaced by frustration after a series of overwhelming performances.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær was shown the door with Rangnick at the helm until summer. Fernandes has failed to reach the heights of previous seasons.
The Portuguese national team player scored 28 goals in all competitions in the last period.
But he has only nine on his name this time, with suggestions that Ronaldo’s presence has stifled his attacking ability. However, it was another aspect of his show against Marcelo Bielsa’s side that irritated Scholes.
The former Sporting-es was disposed of in the run-up to Raphinha’s equalizer. Fernandes’s had to be carried off on a stretcher in agony.
And the United legend believes the man with 40 Portuguese internationals should take a look at himself after the incident.
“I think Fernandes needs to be stronger,” Scholes told Premier League Productions MEN. – He’s almost looking for a mistake before anything happens, and I do not think it’s a mistake.
“Fernandes needs to be stronger there, it’s a little too soft. His head is up in the air, looking for a crowd before he enters. “
Fernandes needs a word in his ear
Like Scholes, Rio Ferdinand has been a keen observer of United’s regular season. However, there is still a lot to play for at the Theater of Dreams.
While a title challenge ended some time ago, the Northwestern giants are still in the Champions League. They meet Atletico Madrid in the first match of the round of 16 on Wednesday.
But Ferdinand feels they are missing a type of player to get the best out of their attacking stars.
“What I think (Paul) Pogba needs and Bruno Fernandes needs – they need a senior sergeant on that team,” he said in a recent Vibe with Five podcast.
Someone who, when they give it away or get a little relaxed, or when they’re out of position, a step short where they should be – they need someone in and around them screaming, drilling them.
“They do not have that player.”
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