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That Was Very Stupid Of Him — Scholes On Bruno Fernandes



That Was Very Stupid Of Him -- Scholes On Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has come under fire from former England international Paul Scholes, who criticized the Portuguese midfielder for his reckless challenge during the club’s 4-1 victory over Real Betis in the Europa League last 16 tie at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Despite a brilliant performance from the United midfielder, Scholes slammed Fernandes, claiming that he was fortunate to escape a red card following a late, high challenge on Real Betis goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

After chasing down a loose ball that Bravo cleared, Bruno Fernandes lunged in and caught the goalkeeper high on the shin with the side of his boot. The challenge drew a mixed reaction from fans and pundits alike, with some seeing it as a sign of Fernandes’ competitive spirit, while others saw it as a reckless and unnecessary risk.

Scholes, who was speaking on BT Sport after the match, claimed that Fernandes’ challenge was out of character and that it was a stupid thing to do, particularly given that the game was already comfortably in United’s control.

“There was one slight incident that was out of character a little bit and he possibly got away with it,” said Scholes. “He does go over the top, but it was the side of his boot that caught him, not his studs. But it was a stupid thing to do because the game was comfortable and he got slightly lucky.”

Scholes had earlier praised Fernandes for his performance, but he was quick to criticize the midfielder for his risky challenge. “It was just a bit stupid, there was no need for it,” said Scholes.

Despite the criticism, Bruno Fernandes has been one of United’s most consistent performers this season, with his goal contributions. United will be hoping that the midfielder can maintain his excellent form as they continue their Europa League campaign and push for a top-four finish in the Premier League.