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Roy Keane explains why Bruno Fernandes cannot be compared to Eric Cantona


Roy Keane has called on Bruno Fernandes to perform on the big stage if he is to win legitimate comparisons with Manchester United great Eric Cantona.

Fernandes has been a revelation since joining the Red Devils from Sporting CP in January 2020 and has proven to be irresistible this campaign, appearing in 25 of United’s 26 appearances in all competitions.

He’s been the game-winner on multiple occasions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this term, scoring 15 goals and nine assists and getting people to draw comparisons between him and Cantona.

However, there was little Fernandes could do to prevent United from suffering a Carabao Cup semi-final exit at the hands of rivals Manchester City on Wednesday night as he put in one of their most modest performances under a United shirt, and Keane called the Portuguese midfielder. to step it up when there is silver at stake to really be considered in the same league as Cantona.

“It is not easy. It’s not easy to win football trophies, ”Keane told Sky Sports full-time (via the Mirror).

Eric Cantona
Cantona won four Premier League titles with United | Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

“You know Fernandes got a lot of praise and in the last few months people have compared him to Cantona etc. But Cantona… Fernandes hasn’t really done much tonight.

“The best players show up on big occasions. That’s what the Cantonas did, get their practical trophies. And this is where this team is a bit short.

“They probably need one or two more players on the squad without a doubt and the mentality, maybe they need the confidence to win a semi-final to take them across the line. Then you gain momentum. ”

United have not got their hands on silverware 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 atop the Premier League. League with a match in hand.