Fernandes has quickly developed into one of United’s most important players since joining the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020.
The 26-year-old has scored 22 goals and made 12 assists in 46 appearances this season, although his contributions in matches against fellow top-six clubs has been criticised.
Sutton, however, believes Fernandes needs ‘more help’ from his Manchester United team-mates in such games, with the Red Devils facing rivals and Premier League leaders Man City on Sunday.
‘Apparently Bruno Fernandes doesn’t turn up against the Big Six,’ Sutton told the Daily Mail. ‘Seven games, one goal, no assists.
‘But Manchester United’s masterful midfielder can’t do it all on his own.
‘Fernandes has had an Eric Cantona-esque impact on the club and is the only United player who would walk into this City team.
‘That is why he is scrutinised more than anyone else but he needs help. It cannot be that if Fernandes doesn’t turn up, United don’t turn up.
‘He has scored once in those seven games – a penalty in the 6-1 defeat by Spurs – but that’s one more than his team-mates. Fernandes could do with stepping up, but so could the rest!
‘United won’t have much of the ball on Sunday and may rely on the counter-attack. You don’t envy their task of preventing City from making it 22 consecutive wins.
‘Stopping City doing their thing can be like Whack-a-Mole. You can snuff out one City player but another one will pop up.
‘They’re constantly moving and rotating, and Kevin De Bruyne is the master of getting between the lines. To watch him in full flow is a treat.
‘He is the great entertainer and, as a neutral, I just hope this match lives up to its billing. Let’s not have another bore draw, please!’