Manchester United have another Wayne Rooney and Eric Cantona in Bruno Fernandes, according to Gary Neville. The Portugal international scored twice in the club’s 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday. And Neville thinks he’s a world-class asset for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Manchester United beat Everton 3-1 in their Premier League showdown on Saturday.
Bernard opened the scoring for the hosts, with the Brazil international’s low strike beating the outstretched David De Gea.
Fernandes then levelled for the Red Devils via a header and he put Solskjaer’s side in front before the interval with a curling effort that sailed beyond Jordan Pickford.
And, late on, he provided an assist for Edinson Cavani.
United have won 42 Premier League points since Fernandes moved to Old Trafford in the January transfer window, with only Liverpool managing more during that time.
And Neville thinks United have another Rooney and Cantona in their Portuguese midfielder.
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“Since Fernandes joined the club I don’t think he’s had a dip yet,” he told Premier League Productions.
“You thought after his first initial goals, assists and impact that he made, you thought ‘Where’s that dip coming? Can he do it in the second season? He’s doing it even better.
“When he speaks, he speaks like a Manchester United player, he speaks like a Manchester United captain.
“He speaks like a leader, he speaks like someone who wants to win. I think he’s a special player.
“You’ve seen players that have come to Manchester United over the last probably 10, 15 years, I don’t think anyone has had as big an impact in such a short space of time as him.
“Maybe Rooney, maybe Cantona, those types of names, I think he’s had a similar impact too.
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“His stats, his goals, his assists, his performances. Rooney came in and scored a hat-trick in his first game, Cantona comes in, puts his collar up and says ‘I’m a Manchester United player’.
“That type of impact he’s had, even in a team that probably isn’t as good as that team Rooney and Cantona played in.”
Fernandes called on United players to be leaders after the Everton win, saying: “I think we know inside of the dressing room what we have to do, the players that we have.
“Everyone needs to be a leader. Some are the mute leaders, they don’t talk too much but they’re doing the right things.
“Others need to speak a little bit more to be more part of the game, to feel more part of the game.
“But the point is, in the end of the game, taking the three points is for everyone, not just for one player.”
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Former United star Rio Ferdinand claimed Fernandes was ‘on fire’ after the victory at Goodison Park.
“Man United under Ole have been able to pull out a performance when they really needed it and today was one of those,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.
“I thought they frustrated Everton today. And when the big moments in the game, they were clinical.
“Fernandes – two goals and an assist. This guy is on fire. Ole must be thankful he’s got him.
“Thirty goal involvements in 33 games, that says it all about how he’s doing.”
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