‘Fernandes gives United the edge’, Scholes discusses Red Devils’ failures and more


Former Red Devils defender Denis Irwin heaped praise on United’s January addition, but he also reserved praise for other transfer businesses the club has conducted in recent days, giving credit to Solskjaer.

Bruno Fernandes has made Manchester United a more dangerous team in front of goal and has improved the overall quality of the squad, according to club legend Irwin.

Fernandes arrived in January from Sporting CP in a deal that is reportedly worth up to €80 million (£67.6 million). He has proven an instant hit with both team-mates and supporters, rejuvenating a flailing side that had failed to produce meaningful results in recent times.

Irwin was quick to praise the transfer business that United has conducted, telling talkSPORT: “The club was quick to react during the transfer windows this season and it has certainly paid dividends, look at the impact Fernandes has had since coming in. Wan-Bissaka, Maguire as well as James have really taken the squad up a notch.”

“But of them all, I have to highlight Fernandes as the star of the show. He has been simply spectacular and I think United can look to a bright future with him leading the team.”

Fernandes praised by Irwin
The Portuguese has been a revelation since joining the Red Devils in January. Copyright: imago images / GEPA pictures

Top News 2: 'We got beaten by unreal teams' - Scholes discusses Red Devils' European failures

Scholes discusses Red Devils' failures
United's midfield anchor spent his entire career at Old Trafford. Copyright: imago images / ZUMA Press

The former England midfielder believes Manchester United have been really unlucky not to enjoy more European success, having lost out to “unreal” Barcelona and Real Madrid squads.

The Red Devils came up against the Blaugrana in the 2009 and 2011 UCL showpieces, twice coming out as losers on the occasion and Paul Scholes admits that his club were simply unlucky to come up against such strong assemblies.

The former footballer, who also spent a brief time coaching Oldham Athletic in 2019, added during A Goal in One Podcast: “If we had been playing in another era, we definitely would have enjoyed more success in Europe, no doubt about it. But how about that Barcelona team that Guardiola lead? They were simply unplayable and perhaps the best side ever!”

“I also have to give an honorary mention to Real Madrid, who we played a bit further back in 2003. They were unbelievable and absolutely gave a masterclass against us that night. Zidane, Figo, Raul, Roberto Carlos, Brazilian Ronaldo, need I go any further?”

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Top News 3: 'Kean and Balotelli are nothing alike'

Chiellini on Kean comparisons
The Everton youngster has just 1 goal to his name in 26 PL appearances this season. Copyright: imago images / PRiME Media Images

The young Everton starlet has seen his career somewhat stall and hit a few bumps, and as a result has been compared to another wasted talent but a former team-mate has quashed those claims.

Defensive stalwart Giorgio Chiellini has categorically dismissed claims that Moise Kean is similar to Mario Balotelli, stating that the young Italian is a totally different character.

Kean joined Everton in the summer of 2019, leaving the Turin giants in a €27.5 million deal. He has so far failed to light up the Premier League, making 22 appearances for the Toffees while scoring only one goal prior to the coronavirus outbreak. Following reports of multiple disciplinary breaches, his attitude has been questioned by the media, some even drawing comparisons with controversial Brescia star Mario Balotelli.

In his new autobiography, Juventus captain Chiellini has weighed into the debate, adding that he sees on similarities between the two.

“Kean has already been punished several times, and rumours are brewing which only tend to highlight his flaws, but I can honestly say that he is nothing like Mario. He was with us for a long time and he was a very respectful boy that was thought of highly within our group,” he concluded in Io, Giorgio.

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