Sir Alex Ferguson’s former assistant backs Bruno Fernandes to keep Man United captaincy

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Former Manchester United coach, Rene Meulensteen has backed Bruno Fernandes to take up captaincy of the club on a permanent basis, after seeing him lead the team to victory against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

The Portuguese was named captain in place of the injured Harry Maguire, and as usual, he didn’t fail to deliver.

Fernandes kept his nerves calm to dispatch a retaken spot kick, after the first attempt had been kept out by Keylor Navas, who was off his line.

The midfielder was influential throughout the game, and Meulensteen worked as an assistant coach under Sir Alex Ferguson, believe his commitment, passion and composure make him captain material.

He said on talkSPORT, “Bruno Fernandes is an excellent choice because since he’s come to the club, he has given Man United what they were lacking.

“Some urgency, he plays with conviction, he plays with authority, he drives other players on. He’s a positive influence every time he steps on the pitch – and he’s not afraid to tell players when they don’t meet the standards.

“I can see that [Bruno becoming permanent captain] because he’s been very consistent. He plays every game, his performances are nine out of ten. He always has an impact on the game.”

Harry Maguire is expected to return against Chelsea for Saturday’s clash, but in his absence, Bruno Fernandes could be asked to lead the team again.