BRUNO FERNANDES has claimed Paul Scholes was better than Frank Lampard AND Steven Gerrard – and revealed he hopes to emulate the Old Trafford legend.
For years, England fans have fought over which of the three central midfielders was the best, with all enjoying phenomenal careers.
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Fernandes has piled praise on Scholes – ranking him above Gerrard and LampardCredit: EPA
Fernandes revealed he wants to emulate Scholes and become a Man Utd iconCredit: Getty – Contributor
Scholes ultimately quit Three Lions duty after being forced out wide to accommodate Gerrard and Lampard in a 4-4-2.
But Fernandes has revealed Scholes is the best of the three for him – and is even drawing inspiration from the Man Utd legend, having scored 13 goals and added ten assists in just 21 Premier League games.
Fernandes told the UTD Podcast: “I think Scholes was one of the best midfielders in the world.
“But I think Scholes is the one who makes more difference than anyone else.
“And before everyone starts talking about this, I haven’t seen every midfielder in England…
“But I think in the last generation, those three were the three best ones, and for me Scholes was best.”
And Fernandes believes he plays more in the style of Old Trafford legend Scholes than Gerrard, Lampard and Co.
Fernandes even revealed watching a compilation of all of Scholes’ United goals helped Fred score twice in last season’s Europa League win over Club Brugge.
The Portuguese star continued: “Maybe I’m closer to Paul Scholes than the rest of them.
“Scholes was a guy who likes to be in the box, who likes to give an assist, who likes to score a lot of goals.
“I remember when we were about to play Club Brugge last season, and I was in the dining room with Fred.
“On the television they were playing all Paul Scholes’ goals in a Manchester United shirt.
Fernandes believes Scholes was a better player than both Gerrard and LampardCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“We had eaten, but we just stayed there to watch all of those goals of his.
“It was funny because I was talking to Fred, and I said to him, ‘You see what Paul Scholes is doing, you need to be more closer to the goal, because if not, you will never score.’
“And then Fred, in that game, he scored twice!
“I appreciate Scholes a lot but maybe because, at that time for me in Portugal, when Scholes was playing at his best level, it was difficult for us to see English football.
“After watching a video of Paul Scholes, I knew he was a player who scored a lot of goals.”
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