Keane: Poor Fernandes display shows Man Utd are a ‘bit short’
Roy Keane says Bruno Fernandes “didn’t really do much” as Man Utd lost to Man City in their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.
Rejuvenated Stones’ first City goal since November 2017 and Fernandinho’s first since October 2018 gave the Carabao Cup kings a 2-0 victory at Man Utd, who lost a fourth straight semi as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wait for a maiden trophy in charge continued.
Fernandes has been amazing for the Red Devils this season, with 16 goals and eight assists in all competitions, but Keane wanted to see more from him on a big occasion.
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Speaking on Sky Sports, Keane said: “It’s not easy, it’s not easy winning football trophies. Fernandes has had great praise and over the past month people have been comparing him to people like Eric Cantona etcetera.
“But Cantona [won trophies]. Fernandes didn’t really do much tonight. The top players turn up on the big occasions, and that’s what the Cantonas used to do to get their hands on trophies. And that’s where this team is a little bit short.
“They’ll probably need one or two more players to come into the squad, no doubt, and the mentality they need – maybe the confidence of winning this semi-final to get them over the line and then you get momentum.
“And they just didn’t quite have it tonight. But credit to City. United were up against an outstanding Manchester City team tonight who turned up and put on a good show.”
On the rest of the season, Keane added: “The next game is always your most important game. Against Watford [in the FA Cup], Championship team, no doubt United will rotate and rest some players.
“And then Burnley certainly won’t be an easy game for them but you can’t take your eyes off the Liverpool game. If United go and win at Burnley and then win at Liverpool, they could be six points clear of Liverpool.
“Bizarre when you think of the start to the season that United had, so United, Ole and the players have to stay positive and look forward to the upcoming games.”