Erik ten Hag praises Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes for Marcus Rashford gesture
Erik ten Hag’s tenure at Manchester United has been marked by a transformative approach to leadership and teamwork, epitomized in a recent incident involving Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.
In their 3-0 win over Everton, a significant moment occurred when Fernandes, United’s regular penalty taker and captain, graciously offered Rashford the chance to take a penalty. Rashford, seizing the opportunity, scored, marking just his second goal in all competitions this season.
Ten Hag’s praise for Fernandes following this gesture was effusive. He lauded Fernandes for demonstrating “how great a captain Bruno is,” highlighting the importance of sensing a teammate’s needs.
This act was more than just sportsmanship; it was a testament to Fernandes’ leadership and his ability to uplift and instil confidence in his teammates. Ten Hag emphasized the critical nature of such leadership within the team, recognizing the need for players to support, cover, and boost each other’s confidence for a successful season.
Bruno Fernandes, reflecting on his decision, mentioned that it was not about who took the penalty but about scoring it. He believed in Rashford’s abilities as a penalty taker and felt Rashford needed the confidence boost.
His gesture had a palpable impact, as Rashford’s performance escalated post-penalty, becoming “unstoppable” according to Fernandes. This moment was more than a simple passing of the ball; it was a strategic move to reignite a key player’s confidence
Speaking about the situation, here is what Erik ten Hag had to say about Bruno Fernandes’ leadership, as quoted by BBC
“A lot. You see also how great captain Bruno is. He assessed his team-mate needed that goal. He has the confidence in Rashy, who is a good penalty taker. As a team you need that leadership that you back each other.”
Ten Hag’s decision to appoint Fernandes as captain at the season’s start was also significant. This move, which involved replacing Harry Maguire, was initially met with some scepticism. However, Ten Hag has consistently defended his choice, asserting that Fernandes has been exceptional in his role.
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Bruno might have his critics but his gesture to Rashford was simply top draw. Let’s hope this reignites Rashford’s faltering season.