Manchester United Announces the Portuguese Midfielder as Harry Maguire’s Successor (Manchester United Harry Maguire)
Manchester, July 21 (City Times): In a significant leadership change, Bruno Fernandes has been appointed as the new captain of Manchester United, as confirmed by the Premier League club on Thursday. (Manchester United Harry Maguire)
The 28-year-old playmaker steps into the captaincy role, replacing defender Harry Maguire, who was relieved of his captaincy by manager Erik ten Hag due to his failure to secure a spot in the first team.
Fernandes, known for his exceptional performance on the pitch, has impressively notched 64 goals and 54 assists in 185 games across all competitions for the club. His leadership qualities were evident when he previously captained the team in Maguire’s absence, as the Englishman endured a season with limited playing time or sidelined due to injuries. Amid speculations linking Maguire to a potential departure from the club, the decision to entrust Fernandes with the captain’s armband has been made on a permanent basis, according to the statement released by Manchester United.
“In his newfound role as captain, the acclaimed recipient of the prestigious Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award not once but twice, will lead by example, ensuring unwavering commitment to the loftiest standards within the squad. Manchester United’s relentless pursuit of triumph in the upcoming 2023-24 season and beyond shall be firmly championed under his astute leadership,” the club emphatically declared.
Fernandes’ captaincy was not without scrutiny, as he faced criticism for his petulant display during the team’s devastating 7-0 loss to arch-rivals Liverpool in March. Nevertheless, his exceptional talent and dedication on the field have earned him the trust of the coaching staff and the club’s management. (Manchester United Harry Maguire)
Manchester United’s pre-season campaign is already in progress, with a recent 1-0 victory against Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Next on their agenda is a trip to the United States, where they will compete in friendly matches against Arsenal, Wrexham, Real Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund, gearing up for the upcoming season.
After a brief hiatus, United will make a comeback to the Champions League in the upcoming season, aiming to make a strong statement after their absence in the 2021-22 campaign. With Fernandes at the helm, the fans and the club have high hopes for a successful and triumphant season ahead. (Manchester United Harry Maguire)