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‘Really happy’: Erik ten Hag backs Bruno Fernandes as Man Utd captain

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has backed Bruno Fernandes to stay as the standing captain ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League meeting against Real Betis.

The Red Devils recently suffered an embarrassing 7-0 Premier League defeat at the hands of Liverpool and Fernandes was one of those who came for criticism from fans.

The Portuguese was spotted pointing fingers at his teammates while he was also reluctant to track back.

There has been speculation over Fernandes’ captaincy over the past couple of days but Ten Hag has clarified that the 28-year-old is definitely the leader of the squad.

Speaking in today’s press conference, Ten Hag said that no one is perfect and he is ‘really happy’ to have Fernandes in his team and as captain when Harry Maguire is on the bench.

He said: “Yes, definitely [still captain], I think he’s playing a brilliant season, he’s played an important role in the position that we are.”

“He’s giving energy to the team, running a lot with intensity, in the right way. He’s pointing and coaching players, he’s an inspiration for the whole team.

“No one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes. I’m really happy to have Bruno Fernandes in my team and I’m happy with him as our captain with Harry not on the pitch.”

Fernandes has been in fine form for the Red Devils since the World Cup with several goal contributions.

The £67 million-rated star also came close to finding the back of the net at Anfield but lost his head after the interval. The same could be said for his teammates.

This does not make him a bad player. The Portuguese will be keen to redeem himself when the Red Devils host Betis in the first leg of the Europa League last 16.

The La Liga outfit are another technical side similar to Barcelona, but United should be able to beat them by a comfortable margin if they play at their best.

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