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Paul Scholes doesn’t believe Man Utd are too reliant on Bruno Fernandes.

Scholes urges Man Utd stars to step up their game. [GETTY]
Scholes urges Man Utd stars to step up their game. [GETTY]

Paul Scholes doesn’t believe Manchester United are relying heavily on Bruno Fernandes - but has urged other members of the squad to "step up".

The Portuguese midfielder Fernandes has been a joy to watch since his move from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020 and has often been compared to ex-England star Scholes.

But, the United legend has played down such comparisons by saying the 26-year-old, who has scored 14 goals and registered nine assists in 24 Premier League matches so far, is a different kind of player.

Speaking to United's official website Scholes said: "He is different to me.

"I played in that [number 10] position for a while but I was never as creative or scored as many goals as he has in that position.

"Obviously I played in a deeper role than he is, but you have to look at his numbers and what he is doing is sensational. We just need to get a team around him that can push on to win the league."

On claims suggesting United are too dependent on Fernandes, Scholes said: "Are we too reliant on him? No I don't think so.

"That is his role in the team. You have to remember United paid a lot of money for this type of player.

"He is a player whose job it is to create goals and score goals. Now he is doing that better than we ever imagined. Other players need to step up now."

Manchester United return to action in the Europa League on Thursday and will be keen on winning their first leg of their last-32 tie against La Liga side Real Sociedad before hosting Newcastle United on Sunday.

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