Paul Scholes has stated that he will never see Erik ten Hag play Bruno Fernandes on the wing again after the Portugal international excelled in his natural central position in Manchester United’s 4-1 Europa League victory over Real Betis.
The vice-captain was chastised for his performance in Sunday’s 7-0 thrashing of Liverpool at Anfield, where he played on the left flank, with some asking if he should keep the armband. The playmaker answered with a goal and an assist against Betis, and he was crucial throughout the game while working in a central offensive position.
Scholes praised his productivity and recognized his excellent performance. He also asked Ten Hag not to send Fernandes out on the wing again. Scholes stated while appearing as a pundit for BT Sport: “They [United] had a rough patch before halftime, but I felt they were excellent in the second half.
“Some of the players who were chastised, like Bruno, I thought were magnificent in the center of the pitch, which we all know is his strongest position. I hope we never see him in a wide area on the football field again because it’s just not his strength; he was so good at influencing play in the center of the pitch.”
“I think a lot comes from playing centrally, where he’s more comfortable,” he continued. He makes numerous sacrifices while being pushed out left and right. He was fantastic in that middle midfield role today. It was amazing, in my opinion. Excellent composure is what you expect from a United midfielder and captain, and there were no antics.”
“Bruno Fernandes was at the center of everything excellent United achieved tonight,” said former Reds teammate Owen Hargreaves. Today he was brilliant. Scoring, setting up goals; honestly, the best player on the field.” Fernandes now has seven goals and 11 assists this season across all competitions.