Manchester United legend Paul Scholes identifies big Bruno Fernandes problem

Manchester United have been warned they need to stop pinning all their hopes on Bruno Fernandes by Paul Scholes. The Portuguese was once again the difference in the 1-0 win against West Brom in the Premier League as he scored from the penalty spot.

Scholes believes the victory will give the Red Devils confidence but is worried about the over-reliance on Fernandes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been inconsistent so far this season and now sit ninth in the Premier League table.

Scholes thinks the Red Devils need to put a run of wins together to catch those above them at the top.

“It was an ugly win. Hopefully, that will give them a bit of confidence,” Scholes said on BT Sport.

“You do wonder where Man Utd would be without Fernandes. Before Bruno came in, United couldn’t create a chance.”

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Scholes also feels sorry for the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

He believes the United midfield need to do more in creating opportunities for their team-mates if they want to be serious contenders.

“I feel a bit sorry for the forwards as they’re having to make their own chances,” Scholes added.

“They’ve got great skill and they’re capable of doing it, get the ball to Fernandes, he’s a great passer of the ball, Martial can go past people and Rashford has great pace, but the two central midfield players, especially at Old Trafford, they’ve got to contribute more to the attacking side.”

Solskjaer bemoaned the international break for not allowing his side to prepare properly for the match.

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He explained: “Yeah, definitely, after an international break, we said it in the dressing room after, it’s difficult.

“We’ve not worked together and we’ve waited until this morning to get the prep for this game done. It’s never easy, that, when everyone’s been away for 10 days, so we’re delighted with the points.

“Yes, we know we can do better but three points are three points and we’ve got a clean sheet.”

The United boss admitted his side need to play better but he was thankful that they managed to get their first home win in the league this campaign.

He added: “It’s always tense and it’s fine margins. I’m delighted with the clean sheet and we could have made it more comfortable but the international breaks never help.

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“We had everyone back yesterday but we didn’t know the test results and hadn’t had the COVID tests back before the session so all our prep was this morning.

“So it’s not easy when you only have 20 minutes or half an hour prepping for this game. But we’re ready now to go again on Tuesday.

“Three points, home win, no more talk about that but we need to keep consistent performances, better performances than this.

“We know that. If we want to move up the table, we have to play better.”

United return to action against Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday as they look to progress in the Champions League.

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