But he feels the ‘jury is still out’ on the Portuguese maestro, saying: “Eric [Cantona] 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.
“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.