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Fernandes must lead United to titles to justify Cantona comparisons | Bruce

Former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce thinks Bruno Fernandes must help them win trophies before being compared to Eric Cantona. 

The Portuguese attacker scored two goals in United's win against Real Sociedad midweek to move to 21 goals and 12 assists this season.

Fernandes' effect on the team since joining from Sporting last year has been compared to the impact of the signing of Cantona from Leeds but Bruce says it's too early to put him alongside the Frenchman.

"What you have to judge people on over a period of time is what they've won. Certainly, Eric for us, was the catalyst to go and win things," Bruce said ahead of Newcastle's trip to Old Trafford on Sunday evening.

"The way Fernandes has played in the last 12 months, it feels a bit like Eric because it's his stage. Eric adored everything that went with playing for arguably the biggest and best club in the world.

"Fernandes has done fantastically well in doing that, it's his stage. For it to be even suggested that he's on the same hymn sheet as Eric is a wonderful compliment to him.

"Now they have to go and achieve and win things the way Eric did, and on big occasions win cup finals and semi-finals. If he does that, then of course you can compare him to Eric."

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