Eric Cantona “was the catalyst to win things” at Manchester United and Bruno Fernandes has to emulate, Steve Bruce points out – as Newcastle boss believes the playmaker cannot be compared to the club legend
- Bruno Fernandes has already scored 21 goals and made 12 assists this season
- Its effect has been compared to Eric Cantona’s trophy spell in the club
- Cantona and Steve Bruce won three championship titles and two FA Cups together
- Bruce believes Fernandes has to win titles to receive Cantona settlements
- His fighting Newcastle side will face Manchester United on Sunday night
Steve Bruce rates Bruno Fernandes very highly, but the Newcastle head coach believes comparisons with Eric Cantona should be tempered until the Portuguese bring back the glory days to Manchester United.
Fernandes has been a driving force since arriving at Sporting Lisbon’s Old Trafford a little over a year ago and has already scored 21 goals and made 12 assists in all competitions this season.
The impact it has had has been compared to when Cantona joined the Red Devils almost 30 years ago. The Frenchman’s signature has often been hailed as the final piece in the puzzle that preceded a period of sustained success.
Bruno Fernandes has scored 33 goals for Manchester United since joining Sporting Lisbon for £ 55m last January
Bruce realizes how influential Fernandes was, but believes the only way to make the attacking midfielder stand by his former United teammate is to bring silverware to the club.
“What to judge over a period of time is what they have won. Of course, Eric was the catalyst for us to win things, ”Bruce said before Newcastle’s trip to United on Sunday night.
‘The way Fernandes has been playing for the past 12 months, it feels a bit like Eric because it’s his stage. Eric loved everything that came with playing for what is arguably the biggest and best club in the world.