Comparing Bruno Fernandes’ impact at Manchester United with Eric Cantona’s

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Bruno Fernandes made an immediate impact after joining Manchester United in 2020, following in the footsteps of Eric Cantona. 

Cantona moved to Old Trafford from Leeds in December 1992 and was the catalyst for United ending their 26-year wait to become champions of England.

The former France international lifted another three league titles and two FA Cups under Sir Alex Ferguson before hanging up his boots in 1997.

While Fernandes* is yet to win a trophy with the Red Devils, he has transformed their fortunes and they are currently second in the league.

We’ve compared their Premier League stats during their first two seasons at United to see how they compare.

Eric Cantona

Games: 56
Wins: 38
Draws: 16
Losses: 2

Win rate: 67.9%
Loss rate: 3.6%
Points per game: 2.6

Goals: 27
Assists: 23
Mins per goal: 178.6
Mins per assist: 209.6
Mins per goal or assist: 96.4

READ: The story of Eric Cantona and his incredible impact on Man Utd

Bruno Fernandes

Games: 30
Wins: 19
Draws: 8
Losses: 3

Win rate: 63%
Loss rate: 10%
Points per game: 2.2

Goals: 19
Assists: 14
Mins per goal: 131.3
Mins per assist: 178.2
Mins per goal or assist: 75.6

During the start of the 1992-93 season, United averaged 1.6 points per game in the Premier League and a 41% win rate, which vastly improved when Cantona was on the pitch in the 18 months following his arrival.

They were in an even worse position before Fernandes joined the club in January 2020, averaging 1.4 points per game and recording a win rate of 38%.

While the Portugal international averages a goal or assist on a more regular basis, Cantona did have a slightly bigger impact in terms of United’s results.

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