Man Utd have ‘worrying’ Bruno Fernandes issue Paul Scholes thinks will end title hopes

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Manchester United have a ‘really worrying’ problem over Bruno Fernandes which Paul Scholes believes will cost them their Premier League title hopes. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side host Southampton on Tuesday looking to catch Manchester City at the summit.

United have slipped off the top after drawing 0-0 at Arsenal on Saturday following their shock defeat to Sheffield United last week.

Bruno Fernandes had an off day against the Gunners – further highlighting his recent record against Premier League big boys.

The playmaker has been United’s talisman since he joined in last year’s January transfer window, and has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season as well as posting 10 assists.

But in games against the Premier League’s ‘big six’ this season, Fernandes has scored just once – a penalty – and has failed to produce any assists.

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And Scholes says the 26-year-old must start performing in the big games if United are to have any chance of winning the title.

“You talk about [playing] Liverpool and Manchester City, they just can’t seem to win those games,” the former Red Devils midfielder told Premier League Productions.

“When you struggle against Sheffield United the other night and you get beat by them, and it comes to the big game, you have to win these games, and they just can’t find a way of doing it.

“Bruno Fernandes has been disappointing in every single one of them.

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“He’s had great numbers, great assists, great goals, I think in the last five games against big teams he’s had no goals, no assists.

“It’s really worrying. And that’s why United are where they’re at.”

United are second going into Tuesday’s clash, although rivals City are three points ahead with a game in hand.

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Liverpool are also breathing down the Red Devils’ necks after the reigning champions returned to form with back-to-back victories over West Ham and Tottenham.

And Scholes said of United: “I know they’re in a good position, it’s an alright position, but it’s not a position where you think this team will go on to win the league.”

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