Tony Cascarino compared Bruno Fernandes’ influence on Manchester United to that of club legend Roy Keane, praising him for demanding more from his teammates.
Fernandes’ the arrival at United coincided with their return to form. In his 74 games for the club, they have won 47 and lost just 11, which took them to second place in the league and a Europa League semi-final this season. His stats show he has been heavily involved in this form, scoring 38 goals and assisting 24.
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While Fernandes is more of an attacking player than Keane, an aggressive box-to-box midfielder in his day, Cascarino believes it has the same galvanizing effect on those around him. Notably because he is not afraid to tell his fellow United players what he thinks about it.
Talk to talkSPORT, he said, “They now have a lot of good characters on their team. There is also a bit of enthusiasm in the team.
“You always feel with Fernandes, he always wants to upset one or two. Or say things while the game is playing. That’s what Keane did. Keane been doing this for years at United.
“I played with Roy so I know he would, but it was in a good way. He would disturb a few of them while the match was going on. Fernandes does this all the time. If you watch it, it does it all the time. But it doesn’t work in a bad way.
“I saw him do a pop at Luke Shaw’s. I saw him do that. I like the fact that they have this about them. I think that adds to them.
Man Utd title challenge nearby
While the season may still bring success in the Europa League, a serious push for the title never really materialized in 2020/21 with the trophy appearing guaranteed to return to Manchester City.
But Jamie Carragher believes United deserve credit for what they accomplished despite everything, and could challenge next year.
“What leap would be for Man Utd to win the title next season?” It would be a jump, of course it would be, ”he said.
“But I actually think Man Utd is being criticized too much for what they are doing now. Man city are phenomenal – we’re talking about a team that was on the verge of quadruple and could still do a treble.
“Man Utd are ten points behind, but when you see how far some second and third teams have been behind (the champions in the past), ten points doesn’t seem too bad to me.
But former Liverpool defender adds that United need to get it right in the transfer market if they are to be competitive.
“So there are a lot of reasons to be enthusiastic. Much will depend on their ability to take this final step in the transfer market this summer, ”he added.
“They have had a very good season, and they will want to crown it with a trophy because Man Utd have to win trophies.”
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