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Bryan Robson names two potential Man United captains, unsure on Bruno Fernandes for one reason



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Bryan Robson has named two Manchester United players as potential club captains as the club legend admits he is unsure about Bruno Fernandes holding the armband.

Fernandes, 29, was awarded the club captaincy by Erik ten Hag at the beginning of the season. He spent most of the prior campaign with the armband due to Harry Maguire’s absence from the lineup.

The Portuguese midfielder is one of the key players at Old Trafford and has been since he signed for the club in the 2020 January transfer window.

However, former United captain and club legend Robson is unsure about his suitability to captain the side due to his attacking role in the side.

“I think Bruno leads by example. He works so hard. He’s a lovely lad around the place, he’s got a great attitude,” Robson told the No Tippy Tappy Football podcast. “But he’s an attacking type of player.

“And I’m always biased in that I think a defender who is looking at the whole pitch, or a central midfield player; I think they are more natural (options) to be captain and to be an influence on the team.

“I just feel the organisation of a team should be from somebody who is really vocal and quite aggressive in the game and the tone. That’s how I see my captain. So Bruno, even though I love him and I think he’s a great player, my captain would probably be somebody else in the squad.”

Robson, who captained Sir Alex Ferguson’s first Premier League title-winning side in 1993, instead believes that the armband should either be returned to Maguire or handed to former Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.

“I actually see it in Harry (Maguire) now, where he’s taking that responsibility on. He knows he has come through a bad period and he had to get that into his game; organisation and demanding people around him. I think he’s brought that into his game now.

“Casemiro, he is an organiser. He tells people what he wants on a football pitch. You can see him, when the goalkeeper plays out from the back, the two centre-backs (split) and Casemiro, when he sees people pressing, he goes ‘no, I’m going to kick it long’.

“You can see he’s got something about him where he understands the game, reads it and goes; ‘no, we’re not doing that. Let’s press up the park’. He will take that responsibility on, and that’s what he has to do.”