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Bruno Fernandes warned that changes must be made to keep Manchester United captaincy



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Dimitar Berbatov has warned Bruno Fernandes that he must make changes in order to stay Manchester United captain under Erik ten Hag.

Bruno Fernandes was elected by Erik ten Hag as the new club captain of Manchester United after Harry Maguire lost his place and was subsequently stripped of the armband in the summer.

Fernandes has experienced somewhat of a lull from his usual best so far this season, having contributed to fewer goals than in previous campaigns – but he showed his importance against Fulham recently, scoring a 90th minute winning goal to grab his team all three points.

However, United legend Dimitar Berbatov feels that in order to keep his captaincy, Fernandes must show more character as the leader on the Old Trafford turf.

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“I don’t know Bruno as a person, and he needs to have other qualities to be a captain other than just his ability on the pitch – like his character, the way he talks to his teammates when they need to be talked to,” Berbatov told BetFair.

“Overall, though, he needs to stay as the captain. It’s not the moment to continue to talk on this topic. He is the captain and will remain so. I’m sure he’s trying his best to motivate his team, to push them forwards and be there to score important goals and make assists.

“You could see the emotion pouring out of him after he scored the goal against Fulham. The whole team were jumping in front of the fans. It shows you the stress United are under to get results.

“You score that dream goal to give you the three points in a boring game, but you know it’s important, you can see that it lifted everyone.”