Roy Keane believes Bruno Fernandes still has to prove he can do it on the big stage after Manchester United’s Carabao Cup semi-final defeat against Manchester City.
The former United captain, who was appearing on Sky Sports as a pundit, went on to play down comparisons between Fernandes and former teammate Eric Cantona after the full-time whistle.
It was a disappointing night for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at Old Trafford as goals from John Stones and Fernandinho sealed City’s place in the final at Wembley.
And even Bruno Fernandes, who has been United stand-out performer this season, couldn’t break down City’s sturdy defence.
After the final whistle, Keane questioned Bruno’s performance against the club’s local rival.
“It’s not easy winning football trophies.” Keane told Sky Sports.
“Fernandes has had great praise for the last few months and people have been comparing him to [Eric] Cantona etc. He didn’t really do much tonight.
“The top players turn up in the big occasions. And that’s what the Cantona’s used to do – they get their hands on trophies. That’s where this team are a little bit short.
‘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.
“You then get momentum and they just didn’t quite have it tonight. But credit to City – they were up against an outstanding Man City team tonight who turned up and put on a good show.”
Keane still believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have plenty to play for, despite defeat against Pep Guardiola’s men.
“The next game is always your most important game. Against Watford [in the FA Cup], Championship team, no doubt United will rotate and rest some players.
“And then Burnley certainly won’t be an easy game for them but you can’t take your eyes off the Liverpool game. If United go and win at Burnley and then win at Liverpool, they could be six points clear of Liverpool.
“It’s bizarre when you think of the start to the season that United had, so United, Ole and the players have to stay positive and look forward to the upcoming games.”
🗣”Fernandes did not do much tonight, the top players turn up in the big occasions and that is what Cantona used to do and get trophies that is where this team is short”
Roy Keane on Bruno Fernandes being compared recently to Eric Cantona pic.twitter.com/M3F3qdzdSZ
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 6, 2021