Keane – Fernandes must do more in the big games

Bruno Fernandes has been bossing the middle of the park for the Red Devils under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer since he arrived from Sporting Lisbon last season.

The Portugal international has been compared to talismanic former player Eric Cantona due to his ability to inspire the team to victory.

However, he was on the low as Man United were eliminated from the EFL Cup semifinal stage after a 2 nil loss to city rivals Manchester City on Wednesday night.

Former United player Roy Keane has now called on the Portuguese to do more and inspire the team in big games when they come calling.

The result on the night ensured that the Citizens reached their fourth straight final courtesy of goals from John Stones and Fernandinho.

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Fernandes has been very impressive for the Red Devils thus far and has contributed 27 goals and 17 assists.

His impact has been likened to that of Eric Cantona who helped the Red Devils end their 26-year wait for a league title in 1993.

In a chat with Sky Sports on Wednesday, Keane said: “It’s not easy winning football trophies. Fernandes has had praise for the last few months and people have been comparing him to Cantona. He didn’t really do much tonight”

“The top players turn up in the big occasions. And that’s what the Cantonas used to do“ they get their hands on trophies. That’s where this team are a little bit short.”

Meanwhile, the Red Devils have failed to move past the semifinal stage in their last four Cup campaigns and Keane suggested that fresh blood was needed for the next step.

“They probably need one or two more players to come into this squad, no doubt, and they need the mentality and confidence of winning a semi-final to get them over the line,” he added.

“You then get momentum and they just didn’t quite have it (against City).”