Manchester United legend Roy Keane has criticised Bruno Fernandes for his performance against Manchester City, slamming comparisons to Eric Cantona.

The Portuguese midfielder could not inspire to his side to the Carabao Cup final as they suffered a 2-0 home defeat to their rivals.

Having scored 15 goals and made nine assists to lead the way for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, it saw the 26-year-old earn comparisons to Cantona.

The Frenchman, who spent five years at Old Trafford, scored 82 goals in more than 180 appearances to win four Premier League titles.

But Keane, who played with the forward for four seasons, shut down the comparisons after Fernandes’ Carabao Cup performance.

Man United legend Roy Keane criticised Bruno Fernandes after the Carabao Cup defeat to Man City
Man United legend Roy Keane criticised Bruno Fernandes after the Carabao Cup defeat to Man City

Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, the former midfielder said: “It's not easy winning football trophies.

“Fernandes has had great praise for the last few months and people have been comparing him to [Eric] Cantona etc.

“Fernandes didn't really do much tonight.

“The top players turn up in the big occasions.

“And that's what the Cantona's used to do – they get their hands on trophies. That's where this team are a little bit short.”

The midfielder had earned comparisons to Eric Cantona, having scored 15 goals and made nine assists before the semi-final
The midfielder had earned comparisons to Eric Cantona, having scored 15 goals and made nine assists before the semi-final

Keane went on to suggest the areas that Solskjaer needs to strengthen in the January transfer window.

He added: “They probably need one or two more players to come into this squad, no doubt, and they need the mentality and confidence of winning a semi-final to get them over the line.

“You then get momentum and they just didn't quite have it tonight.

But Keane slammed the comparison as he said 'top players turn up in the big occasions' as Fernandes 'didn't do much'
But Keane slammed the comparison as he said 'top players turn up in the big occasions' as Fernandes 'didn't do much'

“But credit to City – they were up against an outstanding Man City team tonight who turned up and put on a good show.”

United’s Carabao Cup loss is their fourth consecutive semi-final defeat, missing out on the domestic tournament final last year as well the FA Cup and Europa League.

But Solskjaer has denied that his side have a “psychological” problem when it comes to the big games.