Here is your Manchester United morning digest on Friday, January 22.

Fernandes compared to Cantona

Bruno Fernandes' impact at Old Trafford is similar to Eric Cantona's, according to Manchester United Class of 92 graduate Ben Thornley.

Thornley played with Cantona under Sir Alex Ferguson and has drawn comparison between United's current star and the great Frenchman.

Fernandes signed for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side 12 months ago for £47million from Sporting Lisbon and has already scored 27 goals in all competitions for the Manchester club.

When speaking to MEN Sport, Thornley said: "I think it's fair (comparisons to Cantona).

"When you sign players at Man United, it usually takes a while (for them to settle).

"When you think about the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was a raw talent when he came to United, he honed that talent under Sir Alex Ferguson. So even he didn't take off straight away.

"So I think in giving the whole squad an instant lift, I think the comparison is fair, and it's something very difficult coming to a club like United.

"It's a hell of a name to live up to for Fernandes, in Eric Cantona, but they will be spoken about in the same breath in terms of that immediate impact."

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Meulensteen lauds Cavani

Rene Meulensteen has admitted he had his doubts when Edinson Cavani joined Manchester United, but has been delighted with the Uruguayan's impact.

Cavani scored the equaliser in United's 2-1 comeback victory over Fulham on Wednesday evening, continuing his fine form for his new club after signing on a free in the summer.

The 33-year-old was released from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2019/20 season, with his contract in the French capital expiring allowing him to join Solskjaer 's side on a free transfer.

Former United coach Meulensteen has admitted he did have his reservations about the Uruguayan forward, but has now changed his mind.

"I think he’s going to be a really, really important player for Manchester United and Ole is going to start to realise (that) more and more," Meulensteen told Stadium Astro.

"Because of the experience that Cavani brings to the team, plus his out-and-out goalscoring qualities and he’s proven that many years before.

"I was also a bit hesitant when I knew that Man United were going to sign Cavani because of his age. In your 30s you then come to the premier league, there’s been plenty of examples that haven’t really set the world alight.

"But I’ve been so impressed with him. Every time he has come on he brings something to the team. He’s that out-and-out striker that United don’t really have."

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Haaland's father speaks about United

Erling Haaland's father, Alf-Inge Haaland, has already commented on links to Manchester United in the past.

Haaland has been heavily linked with a move to United for a while now, with the Manchester club reportedly wanting him before he made the move to Borussia Dortmund last January.

The Norway star has been in sensational form for Dortmund and is reportedly still a target for Solskjaer.

Manchester United beat Fulham 2-1 thanks to goals from Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba.

Pogba once again turned in a high-class performance as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side reclaimed top spot in the Premier League. Now United turn their attention to another clash with rivals Liverpool, this time in the FA Cup fourth round.

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Alf-Inge, formerly of Manchester City, has already spoken about links to United and was very complimentary of the 20-time champions of England.

He said to Sport1 : "Manchester United have achieved great success in recent years.

"The club is also trying to build something new there. But to draw comparison now is not so easy because he (Erling) is already playing in Dortmund.

"These are two very traditional clubs with a large fan base and a glorious history. Man United is a very proud club, just like Dortmund in Germany."