Paul Scholes says Manchester United are not over-reliant on Bruno Fernandes.
Yet, with the Reds struggling to create as many chances when Fernandes has an off-game, some have suggested United depend on him too much.
Speaking to United’s website, Scholes said that Fernandes, by being the talisman, is simply doing his job in the team by exerting such influence.
“Are we too reliant on him? No, I don’t think so,” Scholes said. “That is his role in the team. You have to remember United paid a lot of money for this type of player.
“He is a player whose job it is to create goals and score goals. Now he is doing that better than we ever imagined. Other players need to step up now.”
The United legend also played down comparisons between himself and Fernandes.
“He is different to me,” Scholes said. “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.”