Bruno Fernandes says he is most like Manchester United legend Paul Scholes out of the all the English midfielders of recent years.

Scholes was a one-club man and played more than 700 games for United, winning 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles.

He is a United legend and Fernandes is looking to follow in the path of the 46-year-old. And the Portugal star has made a terrific start to life at Old Trafford.

Fernandes, a £63.7m purchase from Sporting Lisbon in January hit the ground running.

He was the driving force behind United’s third-placed finish with eight goals and seven assists in 14 Premier League games.

The 26-year-old, speaking to The Official Manchester United Podcast, has said he often watches old videos of Scholes in action.

“Maybe I’m closer to Paul Scholes than the rest of them.

“Scholes was a guy who likes to be in the box, who likes to give an assist, who likes to score a lot of goals,” said Fernandes, who says he started out as a central defender.

“I remember when we were about to play Club Brugge last season, and I was in the dining room with Fred, and on the television they were playing all Paul Scholes’ goals in a Manchester United shirt.



“We had eaten, but we just stayed there to watch all of those goals of his. It was funny because I was talking to Fred, and I said to him, ‘You see what Paul Scholes is doing, you need to be closer to the goal, because if not, you will never score!’

“And then Fred, in that game, he scored twice! I appreciate Scholes a lot but maybe because, at that time for me in Portugal, when Scholes was playing at his best level, it was difficult for us to see English football.

‘Scholes was the best’

“After watching a video of Paul Scholes, I knew he was a player who scored a lot of goals. I think Scholes was one of the best midfielders in the world.

“For England, a lot of people talk about Frank Lampard because he scored a lot of goals of course, one of the best in England too and you have Steven Gerrard as well.

“But I think Scholes is the one who makes more difference than anyone else. And before everyone starts talking about this, I haven’t seen every midfielder in England, ok?!

“But I think in the last generation, those three were the three best ones – and for me Scholes was best.”

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