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Scholes: ‘Fernandes doesn’t deserve to be the best Player of the season’

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According to former midfielder Paul Scholes, Bruno Fernandes did not deserve the Player of the Season award because he was too weak in big games.

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“What Bruno can do for Man Utd is very special. He constantly scores and assists, but not in big games,” said Paul Scholes. Optus Sport March 3. “Bruno of course deserves to be featured in the Premier League Player of the Season (PFA) ‘s Player of the Season nomination, but I think the names that play for the championship team deserve this. So maybe Man City’s players outperform Bruno. “

Fernandes has contributed his shoe footprint for 25 Premier League goals this season, including 15 goals and 10 assists. Only Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is comparable to him in these statistics.

But the Portuguese midfielder left no mark when Man Utd clashed with big teams. In the draw of hosts Chelsea 0-0 on February 28, he created exactly a dangerous opportunity and only achieved 71% of the passing rate accurately.

Bruno Fernandes “turned off the lights” in a 0-0 draw at Chelsea when N’Golo Kante was around. Image: Reuters

The faintness of Fernandes is the main reason why Man Utd have only scored one goal after seven matches played against the biggest rivals in the Premier League. Fernandes is the author of this goal, but it was a successful penalty in the defeat to Tottenham 1-6 in the fourth round on October 4, 2020.

Man Utd’s remaining goalless matches with the “Big Six” group include draws from Chelsea (both turns), Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal, and a 0-1 defeat to Arsenal at home.

But Scholes also argues that Fernandes is influenced by the home team’s approach to big games. According to him, Man Utd is too focused on defending in big matches, so the Portuguese player did not have enough support to create or score goals against the opponent’s net.

Scholes explained: “I think Bruno has a lot to lose. Because the center-backs are not strong enough, Man Utd must strengthen their defenses in big games, especially against teams with high-class strikers. Central defender then had to go deep, and Bruno didn’t get a lot of support, which is very important to him, Bruno is good, but still needs his teammates around to attract the opponent, creating space. That way, he can hold the rhythm of the game and bring into play all of his qualities.

“This will be a problem that Man Utd need to solve. They have to recruit a classy midfielder capable of commanding the defense and taking the ball in the opponent’s feet. Look at what Ruben Dias does at Man. City The Premier League champions recently have such center-backs: Liverpool has Virgil Van Dijk, Man City has Vincent Kompany, ”added Scholes.

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