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Leeds great Giles scoffs at pundits: Fernandes nothing like Man Utd icon Scholes

Leeds United great Johnny Giles insists it's wrong to compare Bruno Fernandes with Manchester United hero Paul Scholes.

Giles says Fernandes is a goalscoring midfielder, such as Chelsea 's record scorer Frank Lampard, rather than an ­all-round playmaker like the United legend.

He told the Mirror: “It does bother me when I hear people talking about Fernandes being the next Scholes and the perfect midfield player.

“That is not the case. He is ­nowhere near Scholes and never will be. ­People at the club will be kidding themselves if they believe he is going to do what Scholes did. He doesn't play anywhere near the way Scholes played, even in a ­positional sense.

“Scholes was one of the best midfielders I have seen who could connect the team from back to front. He was the best I have seen at that for a long time, especially when he was playing with Roy Keane, David Beckham, and Ryan Giggs.

“He was the one who knitted it all together, and was one of the great ­midfield players, so I don't think ­Fernandes is a Scholes.

“Fernandes is a goalscoring midfield player. He should be an asset to the club, but not in the way he is being described at the moment.

“He will be more like a ­Lampard as, every time I see him, he always has a good shot on him and good ability.

“He will be a goalscoring midfield player and there is nothing wrong with that. ­Scoring goals and making goals makes him an asset – but he won't initiate."

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