Roy Keane has rubbished recent comparisons between Bruno Fernandes and Eric Cantona because he is frustrated by the former’s display during the Carabao Cup semi-final defeat against Manchester City.
John Stones and Fernandinho scored the goals for City to set up a final showdown with Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.
For United, it is a fourth consecutive semi-final loss following defeats to City, Sevilla and Chelsea last season.
Pressure is mounting on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to deliver some silverware as he has yet to lay his hands on his first trophy since becoming manager two-and-a-half years ago.
And Sky Sports pundit Keane has called on Fernandes to step up his game when it comes to the bigger occasions.
“It’s not easy. Not easy winning football trophies,” Keane said. “You know Fernandes has had great praise and over the past few months people have been comparing him to Cantona etc.
“But Cantona…Fernandes didn’t really do much tonight. The top players turn up in the big occasions.
“That’s what the Cantonas used to do, get their hands on trophies. And that’s where this team is a little bit short.”
United are surprisingly in with a chance of winning the Premier League title as they are tied on points with leaders Liverpool – and they have a game in hand.
However, Keane reckons Solskjaer should use the January transfer window to fix some areas of his squad.
He added: “They probably need to have one or two more players come into the squad no doubt and the mentality, maybe they need the confidence of winning a semi-final to get them over the line. Then you get momentum.”
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