April 20, 2021

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Paul Scholes makes same point about Bruno Fernandes as Roy Keane

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Paul Scholes has reiterated Roy Keane’s point about Bruno Fernandes following Manchester United’s goalless draw against Chelsea on Sunday.

United lost further ground on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after they drew 0-0 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side struggled to create chances against the Blues and their shortcomings in attack were not hidden by the debate around referee Stuart Atwell’s decision not to award a penalty for Callum Hudson-Odoi’s handball.

Attacking midfielder Fernandes had a quiet game in west London as United failed to score against a big six side for the sixth straight time in the Premier League.


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Keane has previously rejected comparisons between Fernandes and United great Eric Cantona due to the Portuguese player’s lack of contributions in big games and Scholes made a similar point after the stalemate against Chelsea.

“A lot of the problems I see are the two centre-halves and goalkeeper – well, not so much goalkeeper today,” the former United midfielder told Premier League Productions.

“But the centre-halves need protecting, which means you’ve got to have your two holding midfield players right next to them all the time and it takes away everything from your attacking ability.

“They don’t get up the pitch, they can’t keep the ball in the last third of the pitch because they can’t sustain attacks because they’re too deep.

“And this is a recurring theme now that keeps going on. If they’re going to get to that next level they’ve got to be braver, they’ve got to be braver in the centre of the pitch.

“The two centre-halves, leave them, let them defend. Who are you playing against?

“An average Chelsea forward. Not average, because I like [Olivier] Giroud, but he’s not going to run away from anyone.

“He’s perfect for them two today. Mason Mount isn’t going to run away from them, [Hakim] Ziyech isn’t quick, no pace. They’ve got nothing to worry about.

“Let your midfield players join in attacks and at least contribute something to the attacking side of the game.

“They’ve got to change it, the quality has got to be better. The big players have got to step up. Again Fernandes today, I can’t remember him doing anything. I don’t remember him creating a chance, I don’t remember him having a shot on goal.

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Manchester United were denied a penalty in controversial fashion against Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players were furious that Callum Hudson-Odoi wasn’t penalised for a handball, as they had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. The point leaves United 12 points behind leaders Man City, with Crystal Palace the next opponents.

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“I don’t remember [Edouard] Mendy, other than a couple of times, being brought into the game. So the quality is disappointing, they’ve got to get it better against these big clubs.”

Both of Fernandes’ attempts at goal were blocked, he created just one chance and gave away possession 20 times against Chelsea.

Fernandes has now failed to score against big six opposition since netting an early penalty in United’s 6-1 defeat by Tottenham in October.

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