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Bruno Fernandes told his “not the best” leadership overshadowed by key Manchester United trait



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Bruno Fernandes was recently elected as Manchester United’s new club captain for the forthcoming season under Erik ten Hag.

In an unsurprising move that saw Bruno Fernandes take the captains armband from Harry Maguire on a permanent basis, Erik ten Hag has elected his new Manchester United captain.

Fernandes was the on-field captain for much of last season as Maguire lost his place to Lisandro Martínez, and the move has simply just made his position in the squad official.

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However, former United striker Dwight Yorke believes that Fernandes does not have “the best” leadership skills – but that his availability makes up for this.

“Ten Hag would’ve looked through his team and thought his captain should be the player who plays 95%, and Bruno Fernandes is the player most likely to play 95% of the time,” Yorke told OLBG.

“Casemiro or Raphael Varane could be one of the captains too, but Fernandes has been at Man United for three years now so he knows the ins and outs of the club.

“Fernandes’ leadership isn’t the best, but as far as I’m concerned if he’s winning football matches and generating results as captain, that’s all that matters. The footballing world has changed a lot from when I played, people wanted players like Roy Keane to be the captain.

“But now, you’ll get European players coming in who acts differently and criticised for not being a tough leader. Every captain has a different way of leading a team, and Ten Hag will have picked what he thinks is the best player to lead the team, which is Fernandes.

“Keane back in the day wasn’t a saint, and some people loved that, but Fernandes annoys opposition players too but just in a different way.”