Erik ten Hag “happy” to have Bruno Fernandes as Manchester United captain despite Liverpool performance
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is “happy” to have Bruno Fernandes as the captain despite his antics during the 7-0 loss to Liverpool.
The Portugal international seemed to lose his head as the Anfield side put on a show for their home crowd in the second half. As the scoreboard kept ticking, the 28-year-old looked to lose interest in the game.
Jurgen Klopp’s team went into the break with only a one-goal lead. The first half was a decent head-to-head battle between two rivals. However, the second 45 saw the Merseysiders score six past David de Gea as the Red Devils looked all over the place.
However, speaking to the media via Manchester Evening News, Ten Hag is not considering stripping Fernandes. The Dutch manager is glad to have the midfielder have the armband in the absence of Harry Maguire.
“He’s pointing and coaching players, he’s an inspiration for the whole team, but no one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes, we have to learn, I have to learn.
He has to learn, he will because he’s intelligent, I’m happy to have Bruno Fernandes in my team and that he’s captain when Harry isn’t on the pitch.”
The former Leicester City star is the Old Trafford side’s skipper. However, the England international has lost his place in the starting lineup in the current campaign. The gaffer has preferred the duo of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez in the backline.
As a result, with Maguire not on the pitch, the Portuguese has held the responsibility to lead the team on the pitch. However, against Liverpool, he did anything but that.
Instead of marching and organising the team in the field, the 28-year-old was petulant with how he conducted himself. In one instance, the Sporting CP star was seen clutching his face after being pushed in the chest by Ibrahima Konate.
Towards the end of the match, Fernandes was also seen pushing the linesman. He hardly tracked back and helped defensively when Liverpool were dominating the proceedings.
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Over the years, the likes of Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Nemanja Vidic have shown leadership, along with aggression, on the pitch. Therefore, the Portuguese needs to have a long hard look at himself and not behave in a similar fashion going forward.