Manchester United has a new captain.
The Red Devils announced the appointment of Bruno Fernandes, 28, as their new captain on their official website on Monday (July 21). Commenting on Fernandez’s appointment, the club said, “Fernandez has already worn the Manchester United captain’s armband many times. Manager Eric ten Hagh has confirmed that he will lead the club.”
Fernandes joined United in 2020 and has been a key attacking midfielder since joining the club. In 185 games, he scored 64 goals and provided 54 assists. Even when United fell into a slump, he was there to help. His physical strength allowed him to play full time every game. Even when Mourinho changed managers, Fernandes was always in United’s best 11.
A change of captain. United have been captained by Harry Maguire, 30, since the days of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Mourinho put his faith in Maguire, who was recognized for his leadership during his time at Leicester City. Mourinho believes the central defender can lead United for a long time.
Since joining the club, Maguire has been criticized for his lackluster performances. Slow feet and lapses in judgment led to goals. He also struggled with goalkeeper David de Gea, 31. At one point, there was even talk of replacing Cristiano Ronaldo (37) as captain.
After Van Gaal’s arrival, his position was completely narrowed. Maguire was relegated to the fifth choice center back. Lissandro Martinez (24) and Raphael Varane (30) became the first-choice central defenders. Ten Hagh even started left-back Luke Shaw (27) at center back in place of Maguire.
In the end, Maguire lost the captain’s armband. After being stripped of the captaincy, Maguire took to social media to voice his displeasure. According to local media reports, Maguire has already been placed on United’s release list. 메이저사이트
Meanwhile, the new United captain has been met with mixed reviews. Some legends don’t have a lot of love for Fernandes, who has often been seen losing his temper during matches. Some analysts believe that his competitive nature could instill a winning mentality in United.