Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes claims that Paul Scholes was better than England legends Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
Scholes, Gerrard and Lampard are three of the best midfielders England have ever produced but there has long been a debate as to which player was the best.
Gerrard scored 186 goals in 710 appearances for Liverpool, winning the Champions League and multiple other trophies as Reds captain, while Lampard scored 211 goals in 648 matches for Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles, a Champions League and many more cups.
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Scholes, meanwhile, was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s huge success at United with the midfielder winning a staggering 11 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues during his 20 seasons at the club.
He racked up 155 goals in 718 appearances and current United midfielder Fernandes thinks Scholes was a better player than Gerrard and Lampard.
Fernandes told the UTD Podcast: “I think Scholes was one of the best midfielders in the world.
“For England, a lot of people talk about Frank Lampard because he scored a lot of goals of course, one of the best in England too, you have Steven Gerrard too.
“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.”
On his own similarities to Scholes, Fernandes added: “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.
“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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