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Ince: ‘Fernandes is still the talisman’

Tue 05 January 2021 | 9:22

Paul Ince has been impressed by Bruno Fernandes but believes he has a long way ahead of him to become an iconic figure like Eric Cantona.

Bruno Fernandes

has been doing his best to follow the footsteps of

Eric Cantona

at Old Trafford.

Fernandes has even surpassed Cantona in the end product through his first 30 games in the

Premier League

as he has scored 33 goals so far.


Paul Ince

believes Fernandes needs to win the title in order to become an iconic figure.

“Eric could do absolutely everything. It was just those moments where you had to win the game. People were chasing us and we did not win the title by a lot,” Ince said.

“Much-needed goals. You know, those moments when you start to worry, start to panic, and the game is not going your way and you don't know where the goal is coming from. That is when he would pop up and score a vital goal.

“I think that is probably the same with Fernandes. He scores vital goals.

“I think he was very impressive when he first came. He hit the ground running. This year, I don't think he has been as impressive but he is still a major factor in the team. He is still the talisman.

“Sometimes you might not see him for 25 minutes but he has always got that technical ability to do something magic at the right time. Whether it is a penalty, a wonderful ball, a free-kick, he has always got that in his locker so you can never rule him out of any game.

“The players love him and he has got a character about him. We talk about character all the time and how we are losing that trait in football. But there was a time when I watched him have a go at [Victor] Lindelof. He puts demands on players.

“For someone to come from a foreign country, Portugal, to a club like

Manchester United

and put demands on his players. He is a winner and it is infectious.”

Ince admires Fernandes’ efforts through his first year at Old Trafford, however, when it comes to the claim that he is already standing alongside Cantona, Ince has a different opinion:

“The jury's still out.

“Cantona came into a team who were under pressure to win the title. Manchester United, this year, are not under the pressure to win the title. We didn't expect them to be up there challenging the likes of Liverpool and [Man] City.

“But now the pressure's on because they feel they can win the title. That's the mark of a top top player - what he does when it actually matters. Listen, I'm not saying that's going to be the case, he's certainly got the qualities to do it.”

source: SportMob