Paul Scholes hails Bruno Fernandes as Man Utd’s missing link but has one concern

Paul Scholes has hailed the impact of Bruno Fernandes, comparing him to Manchester United greats Eric Cantona and Teddy Sheringham – but has one reservation about the Portuguese ace.

Fernandes has been a revelation since joining United in January, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side unbeaten since the midfielder's arrival from Sporting Lisbon.

Scholes says the midfielder has brought "what was sadly missing at Old Trafford", claiming his technical ability and leadership qualities have helped United close the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City.

But while the United legend says Fernandes is an ideal number 10, he has questioned whether the 25-year-old has the versatility to play in the number eight role in a midfield two if called upon.

"The one thing with Bruno is he doesn’t look like a central midfielder to me," said Scholes in an interview with BBC Sport.

"He’s an out and out number 10. He’s great on the ball, always on the half turn and he’s the link that United really needed.

"They lacked that quality in midfield and since he came in he’s had that.

"He can feed the ball in to players, he’s got a great shot on him and he looks like a real leader as well. United had lacked that.

"Whether he can play in midfield in a two, that’s yet to be seen. He’s more like an Eric Cantona, a Teddy Sheringham – he can beat players as well.

"He is somebody who brings what was sadly missing at Old Trafford and he seems to have livened up everyone. The team is playing well and they look like scoring goals."

Scholes also compared Fernandes with Manchester City's midfield stars David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne in terms of his ability to link midfield and attack.

The 45-year-old played in a United team that dominated English football for two decades as well conquering Europe twice, and he hopes Fernandes can help the Red Devils as they try to recapture their glory days.

United were unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions when football was brought to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Fernandes having played in nine of those games.

But Scholes said United must sign three of four more players before they can match their neighbours or runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.

"They are still behind, but they have bought a brilliant player in who seems to have knitted it all together," Scholes said of Fernandes.

"They did have a really good group of players but missed that one person who can make a difference – like a David Silva or Kevin de Bruyne who can glue the team together with their attacking movements.

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