Paul Scholes accused Manchester United star of being ‘too soft’ after Leeds United win

Paul Scholes accused Manchester United star of being 'too soft' after Leeds United win

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has accused Bruno Fernandes of being ‘too soft’ after playing a role in Leeds United’s second goal.

Man United led the Yorkshire side 2-0 at half-time, thanks to first half goalscorers, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes, with the former scoring from Luke Shaw’s corner-kick, something that took United nearly 140 corners to achieve.

The home side started the second half on the front foot and pulled a goal back after Rodrigo, who wanted to cross the ball into the area, beat David de Gea, who left the goal line in a bid to intercept the cross.

Shortly after that, Leeds United successfully staged a comeback when Raphinha got on the end of Daniel James’ cross and taped the ball into the back of the net.

In the build-up to the goal, Bruno Fernandes appeared to have been fouled just around Man United’s penalty area. The centre-referee paid no attention to Fernandes, who was down on the pitch, After a VAR review, the initial call wasn’t overturned and the goal stood.

Paul Scholes thought the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder should have done better to prevent Leeds from getting the equaliser.

Paul Scholes thought Bruno Fernandes was too soft during Leeds United's second goal
Paul Scholes thought Bruno Fernandes was too soft during Leeds United’s second goal

‘I think Fernandes has to be stronger,’ Scholes told Premier League Productions via Metro.

‘He’s almost looking for a foul before anything happens and I don’t think it is a foul.

‘Fernandes has got to be stronger there, that’s a little bit too soft.

‘His head is up in the air looking for a foul before he comes in.’

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes disagreed with Paul Scholes, insisting that he was fouled though admits that he has no idea if the Leeds United star touched the ball during the challenge.

‘I think it was a foul because when I passed the ball with my right foot he stamped on my left,’ Fernandes told MUTV after the game.

‘Obviously, I didn’t see if he touched the ball when I made the pass.

‘It’s England, no? It’s English football so I have to get used to it, it’s okay.’