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Erik ten Hag reveals Bruno Fernandes Man United replacement solution vs Liverpool



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Erik ten Hag has explained that he knows how to replace Bruno Fernandes against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Bruno Fernandes is suspended as Manchester United travel to face Liverpool on Sunday afternoon after the player picked up his fifth yellow card of the Premier League season against Bournemouth.

Liverpool, who sit top of the table, presents a significant challenge and haunting memories for Erik ten Hag after his side lost 7-0 there last season.

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Fernandes has been the top creator for United this season, having provided five assists so far this campaign and Ten Hag must replace his creative output if he wants to score goals at Anfield.

Speaking to club media ahead of the game, Ten Hag has said he has his ideas with respect to how he can do so.

“We have all sorts who can do that,” he said when asked who can step up and replace Fernandes’ creative output. “And we have our ideas, as I say, how we can create chances.”

Replacing Fernandes does not just mean creativity-wise, but also as club captain – with the player out, Ten Hag must select a new captain for the game.

“No, it’s not a secret, but first, I want to tell the player and the team who it is,” he replied when quizzed on if he has chosen who it will be.

Ten Hag has called for his players to show character during the game, something that Bruno Fernandes has in abundance.

“Character – that is what we definitely need,” he said. “But also, go there, and as you talk about character, and you talk about belief and confidence to go there, and everyone knows it’s tough there (Anfield).

“But also, it’s great for a player, a team, to go there, to challenge them. And we know we have to play our best football but I think when we do everything what we can do, what we’re capable of, then we will get our opportunities. And then it’s about taking those opportunities.”