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Berbatov believes ‘Scholes-esque’ Fernandes will get better

Thu 26 November 2020 | 14:36

The former Man United goal-machine has been impressed by the stunning standards that are being maintained in the 2020-21 season with the impact of Bruno Fernandes.

Manchester United boss,


, has got the most from the deal with Sporting during the last winter transfer window.

Fernandes’ impact provided Manchester United the spark for a late-season run last season, securing the third-place finish and the Champions League qualification.

Fernandes bagged a brace in their Champions League match against Istanbul Basaksehir as his quality was on full display, which made

Dimitar Berbatov

see shades of a Red Devils’ icon.

“The opening goal in the win, that Bruno scored from outside the box, was amazing,”

Berbatov told Betfair.

“Let me tell you, that technique is so difficult to do. I was never a big specialist at scoring from outside the box. Fernandes' strike was Scholes-esque, that was his specialty, you could imagine Paul Scholes scoring that one, when the ball comes across to him, bam and into the top corner. It was perfect execution.”

Yet, Berbatov believes the Portugal international can get better by addressing the few faults that still exist in his game.

“Fernandes has impressed me so much and the only weakness I see in him is his defensive side. He can improve a bit there.

“He's an attacking midfielder, though, who creates chances, scores goals and up the pitch is where he has his power. That's why I think it's good to have someone in the team to cover for him.

“Other than his defensive weakness, he is doing everything that the manager wants from him and, with 20 goals since he joined in January, he's certainly scored more than people expected.

“He is phenomenal in the passing and scoring department and since he joined the club he is doing everything that he needs to do.”

source: SportMob