Manchester United appoint Bruno Fernandes as new Captain
Bruno Fernandes appointed as new Manchester United captain, replacing Harry Maguire. The club have officially announced that Bruno Fernandes will take over as the Manchester United captain, replacing Harry Maguire.
England defender Maguire revealed on Sunday that manager Erik ten Hag had informed him he would no longer wear the armband after a season in which he struggled for game time.
Fernandes regularly led the team during the last campaign, featuring in all but one of the team’s Premier League fixtures as they finished third to return to the Champions League for the first time since 2021.
As expected, the influential Portuguese midfielder has been appointed as the full-time replacement for Harry Maguire, who was stripped of the armband last week after three-and-a-half years following talks with manager Erik ten Hag.
Fernandes is certainly no stranger to captaining United, having stepped up to lead the team on many occasions last season with Maguire struggling for regular starts.
“Bruno Fernandes has been named as the new club captain of Manchester United,” the club announced on Thursday after embarking on their pre-season trip to the United States, where they face Arsenal, Wrexham, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
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“The Portuguese midfielder has already worn the armband for United on numerous occasions and Erik ten Hag has confirmed that he will now lead the team on a permanent basis.
The 28-year-old has played 185 times for the club since signing from Sporting Lisbon in 2020.
Raphael Varane was named captain for United’s first pre-season friendly against Lyon at Murrayfield on Wednesday, with Fernandes unavailable having been given extra time off following international commitments in June.
The squad arrived in the United States on Thursday for a 12-day tour, though Ten Hag will be without midfielder Fred who has remained in England due to personal reasons.