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."