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Man Utd legend Paul Scholes claims Bruno Fernandes should NOT win Player of Year award with a ‘few’ Man City stars ahead

BRUNO FERNANDES should NOT win the PFA Player of the Year award, with Manchester City stars much more deserving, according to Paul Scholes.

The Man Utd midfielder, 26, has been sensational for the club since joining a little over a year ago.

Fernandes has been involved in 40 goals in 40 games, scoring 23 times, while adding a further 17 assists.

The Portuguese star's play has been a huge factor in leading United to second in the Premier League this season having been scrapping for Europa League qualification prior to his arrival.

But Scholes claims Fernandes doesn't deserve to win any individual honour just yet - because he hasn't led the club to glory and must become a 'bigger influence' to his team-mates.

Speaking on Optus Sport's Matchday Live, Scholes said: "What he's brought to this United team has been special.

"He creates goals, scores - not in the big games - but in a lot of them.

"Ultimately, at Man Utd you are there to win titles and big games. He has to be a bigger influence than that.

"I could give him a bit of an excuse with United's centre-halves.

"To me, they need protecting too much, especially in the big games against proper forward players."

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Scholes continued: "(The central midfielders) sit too deep and Bruno doesn't get the support from them, which is important to him.

"It is not just the ability he has got, he needs bodies around him to take people away, so he can come into spaces - that brings the best out of him.

"This will be a problem for United until they solve it.

"They need to sign a centre-half who is dominant, takes the ball off people...

"Look what City have done with Ruben Dias and all the teams that have won the league in recent years: Vincent Kompany, Virgil van Dijk..."

But when asked if Fernandes deserved a PFA Player of the Year nod, Scholes was sceptical.

The Old Trafford legend said: “He should be right in the mix, there is no doubt about that.

"But I am always a believer the best players are the players playing for the team that wins the league.

"There are a few City players I'd go for before Bruno.”

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