MANCHESTER UNITED icon Darren Fletcher has hailed Bruno Fernandes as he compared the playmaker to Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portugal international broke the deadlock against Paris Saint-Germain in the 2-1 win from the penalty spot, having missed his original attempt.

Bruno Fernandes starred in Manchester United's 2-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain

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Bruno Fernandes starred in Manchester United’s 2-1 win against Paris Saint-GermainCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Darren Fletcher believes Fernandes boasts the same self-belief as Cristiano Ronaldo

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Darren Fletcher believes Fernandes boasts the same self-belief as Cristiano RonaldoCredit: Reuters

Fernandes saw his effort well saved by Keylor Navas, but the Costa Rica ace was judged to have come off his line, giving Fernandes another chance from 12 yards out.



It was his second penalty miss in a row after Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow saved his spot-kick on Saturday.

But Fernandes made no mistake with the retake as he coolly slotted his effort into the bottom right corner – the initial place where Navas parried away his attempt.

And it was his self-belief that had Fletcher comparing the ex-Sporting Lisbon maestro to United legends Cantona and Ronaldo.

Speaking on BT Sport, he said: “It is not a great penalty the first one.

“It goes too close to the goalkeeper, he goes back to his hop, skip and jump, but credit to him.

“He’s the captain, and that could easily be a Eric Cantona or Cristiano Ronaldo, somebody having that belief in themselves that they missed a penalty at the weekend and missed a penalty there.

“But there was only one person taking that penalty there and that was Bruno Fernandes.”

Fletcher has also compared Fernandes' mentality to that of Eric Cantona

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Fletcher has also compared Fernandes’ mentality to that of Eric CantonaCredit: Reuters

The 26-year-old – who now has banged in four goals this season – was given the captain’s armband after Harry Maguire was left out the squad.

Taking to Instagram following the victory at Parc des Princes, Fernandes said: “Another dream come true and crowned with a great victory in the Champions League.

“An honour and an enormous privilege to have been captain of a club like Manchester United, an unspeakable moment of strong emotions for me.

“Believe and fight for your dreams every day until you can live them with your eyes open.”

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