Bruno Fernandes has been recently criticised by former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince for his antics as captain of the club.
Paul Ince, who played for Manchester United between 1989-95, won two Premier League trophies and two FA Cups among a host of other accolades alongside those such as Roy Keane, Nicky Butt, and Bryan Robson during his time at Old Trafford.
Speaking on Monday, Ince explained that he feels Bruno Fernandes is not fit to be United captain under Erik ten Hag as he is not a leader through the way he plays.
“I think captains look completely different nowadays (compared to) when you talk about the greats of Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Tony Adams – standouts, leaders,” Ince said.
“Beckham was a leader by the way he played. I don’t know what I see in Fernandes. is he a leader by the way he plays? Because I feel at the moment he’s not playing to the best of his ability. Yes, he scored the winner against Fulham, but as far as a leader (is concerned), you do it by organisation.
“I, as a captain, always felt – I have been the captain of (almost) every team I played for – if I wasn’t playing well, I made sure the people around me were playing well. that’s part of being a captain; knowing your players and getting the best out of them.”
“I think when I look at Fernandes, it’s just about him. If he’s not playing well, then you can see it with his body language, you can see it when he’s arguing with the refs.”
Fernandes, speaking to the press ahead of the Reds’ Champions League tie against Galatasaray, has hit back against the criticism, saying he always does what he thinks is best for his team, but also admits that sometimes he may get things wrong.
“Obviously you don’t like to be criticised — everyone is the same — but at the same time, I have to do what I think is the best for my team.
“Probably I am not always right but in my head at the moment is the right choice, so I do it. It is quite normal when you play for Manchester United you are going to get criticised, even if you do well or bad if you do the wrong or the right thing. I just have to deal with that, it is normal since I arrived at the club.
“In the beginning everything (was) perfect, because when you arrive in the first game, if you do something different than anyone else is doing, it’s gonna be all flowers. But after that, I understand the tough part is always coming, because when the result is not coming, when the performance are not what everyone expects to be, because the expectations are always higher and higher.”
United kick off against Galatasaray on Wednesday evening in a bid to rescue their Champions League season after they dropped to bottom of Group A with just two games to go. A win in Istanbul and another when Bayern Munich visit Old Trafford are essential if the team want to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.
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