Fernandes Has To Win Trophies With Man Utd To Warrant Cantona Comparisons – Bruce
Fernandes has to win trophies with Man Utd to warrant Cantona comparisons – Bruce.
The Portugal international has proven to be a catalyst for change at Old Trafford and his contribution has prompted similarities with a club legend. Bruno Fernandes has shown shades of Eric Cantona during his first year at Manchester United, according to Steve Bruce, but the former Red Devils captain has warned off outright comparisons to the legendary Frenchman.
The Portugal international has proven to be a catalyst for change since his arrival last January, having helped transform the fortunes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Such an impact has seen Fernandes compared to former Red Devils star Cantona, whose imperious mid-1990s form helped guide the club to major success, but Bruce feels the former must first claim silverware to truly compare.
What you have to judge people on over a period of time is what they’ve won,” said Cantona’s former team-mate, and Newcastle manager Bruce, ahead of the Magpies’ trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.
“Certainly, Eric for us, was the catalyst to go and win things. The way Fernandes has played in the last 12 months, it feels a bit like Eric because it’s his stage. Eric adored everything that went with playing for arguably the biggest and best club in the world.
“Fernandes has done fantastically well in doing that, it’s his stage. For it to be even suggested that he’s on the same hymn sheet as Eric is a wonderful compliment to him. Now they have to go and achieve and win things the way Eric did, and on big occasions win cup finals and semi-finals. If he does that then of course you can compare him to Eric.