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Bruno Fernandes has been nothing short of a revelation since joining Manchester United – but one unwanted trait is being picked up on by leading pundits.
Fernandes, 26, has gone from strength to strength at Old Trafford after arriving from Sporting for an initial fee of £47million in January 2020.
The Portuguese playmaker plundered 18 goals and 11 assists in the Premier League last season to earn a spot in the PFA Team of the Year.
But, remarkably, just three of Fernandes' goals came against United's so-called Big Six rivals, with two of them from the penalty spot, while he failed to register an assist in such a fixture.
Fernandes has been accused of not performing to his potential in United's most-important games
This has intensified speculation that Fernandes is guilty of going missing in the Red Devils' most-important fixtures, despite his steady flow of goals and assists in 'lesser' matches.
United legend Roy Keane highlighted this in January as he rubbished comparisons between Fernandes and his iconic former teammate, Eric Cantona.
"You know Fernandes has had great praise and over the past few months people have been comparing him to Cantona, et cetera," Keane told Sky Sports after United crashed out of the Carabao Cup to Manchester City.
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"But Cantona… Fernandes didn't really do much tonight – the top players turn up in the big occasions. That's what the Cantonas used to do, get their hands on trophies."
Fernandes fell just short of his first silverware in a United shirt as his side were beaten on penalties by Villarreal in the Europa League final last month.
The former Sampdoria star has subsequently linked up with Portugal for Euro 2020, starting both of his country's Group F fixtures so far.
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But it remains to be seen if manager Fernando Santos will stick by the midfielder for the crucial clash with France, which could determine whether Portugal progress to the last 16.
Fernandes failed to make an impression in the 3-0 victory over Hungary or the 4-2 defeat by Germany and drew heavy criticism from compatriot Jose Mourinho for a lack of effort in the latter fixture.
"Portugal at its highest level can beat anyone," the former Red Devils boss told talkSPORT . "But we need to play with eleven players, in these two matches Bruno Fernandes was on the pitch but not playing.
"I hope he turns up against France, because he's a player with incredible potential. He can pass, he can score. He can get penalties, he can score penalties, he can score free-kicks.
"He has a lot to give, but the reality is in these two matches he was not there. Portugal has three fantastic attacking players, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano (Ronaldo) and (Diogo) Jota.
"We need that connection, but until now Bruno is not playing."
Fernandes will be desparate to respond to allegations of going missing on the big stage as Portugal battle France at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium on Wednesday night.