Bruno Fernandes’ ‘worrying’ performances in big games is a big cause for concern for Manchester United, Paul Scholes believes.
Fernandes has been a standout performer for United this season, totting up 11 goals and seven assists in United’s 21 matches, but has just one goal (a penalty) and zero assists in six league games against the Premier League’s ‘big six’ this season
The Portugal playmaker had a rare off day on Saturday as United stumbled to a drab goalless stalemate with Arsenal on Saturday to put their title credentials in doubt.
And Scholes believes Fernandes needs to start proving himself in bigger matches to show his true importance to the team
“You talk about [playing] Liverpool and Manchester City, they just can’t seem to win those games,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.
“When you struggle against Sheffield United the other night and you get beat by them, and it comes to the big game, you have to win these games, and they just can’t find a way of doing it.
“Bruno Fernandes has been disappointing in every single one of them.
“He’s had great numbers, great assists, great goals, I think in the last five games against big teams he’s had no goals, no assists.
“It’s really worrying. And that’s why United are where they’re at.
“I know they’re in a good position, it’s an alright position, but it’s not a position where you think this team will go on to win the league.”
The Red Devils are in second spot heading into Tuesday’s clash with injury-hit Southampton after Saturday’s goalless draw at the Emirates followed the shock loss to the rock-bottom Sheffield United.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he had been told by delegates that officials made errors in the defeat to the Blades.
“We want to keep on trying to of course dominate games,” Solskjaer said. “We feel we’ve dominated them.
“But of course we need a little bit of brightness, spark up the last third, take the chances.
“I don’t really like to bring these up but the momentum shifted for us with the Sheffield United game. Of course it did.
“But I’ve got the delegates’ report through from the ref and the two decisions were wrong.
“They’ve admitted that their goal should have been disallowed and ours should have stood and that is a big, big momentum changer for us.”