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Roy Keane has asked Bruno Fernandes to perform on the big stage if he wants to get legitimate comparisons to the great Eric Cantona of Manchester United.
Fernandes has been a revelation since joining the Red Devils from Sporting CP in January 2020 and has proven to be inescapable this campaign, appearing in 25 of United’s 26 games in all competitions.
He has been the winner of the match multiple times for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team this season, participating with 15 goals and nine assists, prompting people to draw comparisons between him and Cantona.
However, Fernandes was able to do little to prevent United from suffering a Carabao Cup semi-final exit at the hands of rival Manchester City on Wednesday night when he delivered one of his more subdued performances in the United jersey, and Keane has called for to the Portuguese midfielder to step it up when there’s cutlery on the line if he’s really going to be considered in the same league as Cantona.
“It’s not easy. It’s not easy winning soccer trophies,” Keane told Sky Sports full time (via Mirror).
“You know that Fernandes has had high praise and in the last few months people have been comparing him to Cantona, etc. But Cantona … Fernandes really didn’t do much tonight.
“The best players appear on the big occasions. That’s what the Cantonas used to do, get their practical trophies. And that’s where this team falls a bit short.
“They probably need to have one or two more players on the team, no doubt and the mindset, maybe they need the confidence to win a semifinal to get over the line. Then you get momentum.”
United have not had a trophy in their hands since winning the Europa League in 2017. They have yet to win a trophy during Solskjaer’s tenure, but are currently tied on points with Liverpool at the Premier League summit with one game in hand.