Paul Scholes tags Bruno Fernandes as ‘problem’ at Manchester United after Southampton draw

Paul Scholes tags Bruno Fernandes as 'problem' at Manchester United after Southampton draw

Former England international Paul Scholes has explained how Bruno Fernandes has become a ‘problem’ at Manchester United after underperforming against Southampton.

Man United were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw by The Saints after missing a host of big chances in both halves, though the visitors could brag about doing the same.

Jadon Sancho opened the scoring midway through the first half but his fun would be cut off early in the second half when Che Adams scored the equaliser.

Manchester United couldn’t get the match-winning goal in the second half but overall, they were the better team, given the number of chances they created and their dominance over The Saints for the majority of the game.

Bruno Fernandes was one of United’s players who underperformed in today’s game and Paul Scholes has accused him of playing out of positions.

The legendary midfielder describes the Portuguese Magnifico as an issue within the structure of the team, pointing out how many times he caught the midfielder off his role.

Speaking on BT Sport after the draw, Scholes said: “I think Fernandes could be a little bit of a problem you know.

Paul Scholes believes Bruno Fernandes can become a problem for Manchester United
Paul Scholes believes Bruno Fernandes can become a problem for Manchester United

“As much as he’s such a talented lad – when he first came to the club he scored so many great goals, so many assists – but he’s all over the football pitch.

“A coach would tell you better that from a defensive point of view, how can you set up in a shape when you have no idea where the start of it – the start of it is Cristiano Ronaldo, and then it’s Fernandes – how can you set traps for teams when you don’t know where some of your players are going to be.

Paul Pogba tends to wander about. You see Fernandes, sometimes he’s left-back, he’s right-back, at the end of the game he was playing behind Dalot for five minutes!”

He added: ‘United were all over the place. At one time Scott McTominay is left all alone in midfield, then it’s Pogba on his own. Where Bruno Fernandes is playing I don’t know. He’s absolutely all over the pitch.”

Manchester United’s chances of making the top-four finish get thinner each and every game as they sit in the 5th position with 40 points, having played two games more than 6th placed Arsenal.

United are level on points with West Ham United, as both teams have played the same number of league matches (24).

Ralf Rangnick’s side haven’t won in their last three matches in all competitions, losing 8-7 on penalties to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, playing out 1-1 draws against Burnley and Southampton.