Latest on Manchester United News: Bruno Fernandes has replaced Harry Maguire as United’s permanent captain
Manchester United has officially announced Bruno Fernandes as the club’s new captain, succeeding Harry Maguire, who was axed from the role last week. Erik ten Hag made the decision to appoint the 28-year-old Portuguese midfielder as the permanent captain after Fernandes had already captained the team on several occasions.
In a statement released by the club, it was confirmed that Fernandes, a two-time Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, will lead the team as they aim for success in the upcoming 2023/24 season and beyond. His appointment as captain comes as no surprise, given his outstanding performances and leadership on the field since joining Manchester United from Sporting in January 2020.
During his time at the club, Fernandes has not only been one of the most consistent and dependable performers but has also emerged as a prominent leader, driving high standards throughout the squad. In 185 appearances for United, he has contributed an impressive 64 goals and 54 assists, playing a vital role in the team’s triumphs.
Last season, Fernandes, alongside Maguire, lifted the League Cup, ending the club’s six-year trophy drought. As he takes on the captaincy, Fernandes becomes the seventh player to lead Manchester United in the past ten years, following in the footsteps of esteemed names like Nemanja Vidic, Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, and Harry Maguire in the position.