Paul Scholes has recently pointed out a fundamental flaw in Bruno Fernandes’ game as Manchester United captain. The former United midfielder believes that Fernandes’ lack of defensive awareness could be a problem for the Red Devils in the future.
Fernandes has been a revelation since joining United from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020. The Portuguese midfielder has scored 28 goals and provided 17 assists in all competitions for the Red Devils, and has been a key figure in their resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
However, Scholes believes that Fernandes’ lack of defensive awareness could be a problem for United in the future. Speaking on BT Sport, Scholes said: “I’d be concerned about Bruno Fernandes as a captain. He’s a great player, he’s a great goalscorer, he’s a great creator, but defensively he’s not the best.”
Scholes’ comments have sparked debate among United fans, with some agreeing with the former midfielder and others believing that Fernandes’ attacking qualities outweigh his defensive deficiencies.
It is true that Fernandes’ defensive awareness is not the best, and he has been caught out of position on a number of occasions this season. However, it is also true that Fernandes’ attacking qualities more than make up for his defensive shortcomings.
The Portuguese midfielder has been a key figure in United’s attack this season, scoring crucial goals and providing assists for his teammates. He has also been a leader on the pitch, inspiring his teammates with his work rate and determination.
Ultimately, it is up to Solskjaer to decide whether Fernandes is the right man to lead United as captain. The Norwegian manager has shown faith in the Portuguese midfielder since his arrival, and it is likely that he will continue to do so in the future.
Fernandes has been a key figure in United’s resurgence this season, and his attacking qualities more than make up for his defensive deficiencies. While Scholes’ comments are valid, it is unlikely that they will have any impact on Solskjaer’s decision to make Fernandes the club’s captain.