Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says that Bruno Fernandes is providing far more goal contributions as a number 10 than he ever did playing in the same position.
The former England international was known for playing as an attacking midfielder, but he believes he wasn’t a playmaker in the same way Fernandes is:
“He is different to me. I played in that position for a while but I was never as creative or scored as many goals as he has in that position. Obviously I played in a deeper role than he is, but you have to look at his numbers and what he is doing is sensational. We just need to get a team around him that can push on to win the league.”
Scholes is right not to draw comparisons between Fernandes and himself as they are not really similar in the roles they play. The Englishman had a habit of arriving late in the box earlier in his career, before moving deeper into midfield as he got older.
It is very much like trying to compare apples and oranges; they are very different players, but Fernandes is certainly having just a big an impact as Scholes once did.
With 31 goals and 20 assists in 57 appearances since his arrival at Old Trafford in January 2020, he has to go down as United’s best signing in recent years.