Jaap Stam: ‘Bruno Fernandes’ Intelligence Is Similar To Paul Scholes’

Paul Scholes celebrates after scoring Manchester United's first goal.

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Bruno Fernandes’ influence since joining Manchester United has been so impressive that he’s already being compared to Paul Scholes.

The Portuguese arrived from Sporting CP for a hefty fee upwards of €60 million. Fernandes had already reached double figures for goal and assists even before signing for United this season and has further added an assist to the tally in just 180 minutes of action in England.

The midfielder has impressed the fans and club official alike since arriving at Old Trafford. So much so that club legends such as Jaap Stam has likened the former Sporting star to Paul Scholes.

“I think Fernandes is a bit similar to Scholesy,” Stam told 888sport. “He’s always looking to play forward.

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“He’s got the ability to score. He’s got a great free-kick. He’s got a great pass. He is always looking to get into certain areas to get onto the ball and be influential in the game.

“He’s not exactly the same. Scholesy was a bit more aggressive without the ball. But in football intelligence he is similar to Paul Scholes.”

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The Portuguese international certainly has won the hearts of everyone he needed to. His progressive style of play has brought a new dimension to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s system, especially during his side’s win against Chelsea.

Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay’s absence was very apparent before the attacking midfielder’s arrival. And with the Frenchman rumoured to be looking for an exit from Old Trafford, this transfer may have really saved the Mancunians.

Pogba hasn’t stepped on the pitch since he faced off against Newcastle on Boxing Day, and until McTominay returns from injury, the former Sampdoria man will likely be the saviour Solskjaer needs.