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Premier League pundit praises ‘excellent’ Man United leader despite criticism



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Following Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, club captain Bruno Fernandes was praised for how he led his team against the Lilywhites.

Fernandes would serve as vice-captain to Harry Maguire in Erik ten Hag’s first season as Manchester United boss, often leading the team with Maguire kept on the outskirts of the team.

At the start of the 2023/24 season, Fernandes would officially become club captain, but since then has faced criticism from some for his behaviour on the pitch.

In particular, Fernandes has drawn the ire of some for his history of appearing overly emotional on the pitch.

Despite the criticism that Fernandes has faced, 2011/12 Premier League winning defender Micah Richards praised the Red Devils’ captain on the ‘The Rest Is Football’ podcast.

“You know who I thought was really good today but not really on the ball but off the ball, Fernandes,” Richards told his co-hosts. “I thought his attitude was brilliant.

“There were certain times where Spurs were on the counter-attack, and he was running back and leading by example, and I just thought his all-round attitude today was excellent.

“I know he is always very creative, one of the best creators in the league, but sometimes he gets a bit emotional so the quality in his game you don’t really talk about. But it was his work rate which shone for me.”

Fernandes has remained an integral part of every Manchester United side since his arrival under then-boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer back in January 2020.

Joining for £47 million, Fernandes has since made 213 appearances for the side, contributing to 129 goals.