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Fernandes must do more in big games for Man United, suggests Keane

Pep Guardiola’s side will now face Tottenham at Wembley on April 25 as they look to match the Liverpool team of the early 1980s by winning English football’s secondary cup competition for the fourth year in succession, while United’s wait for a first trophy since 2017 goes on.

Midfielder Fernandes has shone for the club since joining from Sporting Lisbon 12 months ago, scoring 27 goals and providing 17 assists in 46 appearances across all competitions amid accusations that Solskjaer’s men are too reliant on the 26-year-old.

Fernandes’ stellar form has led to favourable comparisons with legends from United’s past, though Old Trafford hero Keane evidently believes he needs to do more to drive the club back towards trophy success.

“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,” Keane said in his role as a pundit for Sky Sports.

“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.”

United will look to respond quickly to their latest semi-final defeat when they host Watford in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday evening.

Solskjaer’s side are currently level on points with Liverpool at the Premier League summit and will then have a chance to go top of the table when they travel to face Burnley at Turf Moor in a rearranged fixture on January 12.


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