Manchester United will be captained by Bruno Fernandes this evening in their Champions League clash with PSG. That’s because Harry Maguire has not made the trip to Paris with an injury.
Fernandes will skipper the side for the first time and was surprised when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announced it in his pre-match press conference.
He said: “My reaction was funny because I wasn’t expecting to be the captain [on Tuesday] of course.
“I found out in the press conference and it was funny because I wasn’t expecting that but I’m really happy.
“It’s an honour for me to be captain of such a big club and to be captain of the team.
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“You will have the armband but you need to be just the same and the leadership needs to be the same as before.
“I think everyone has his own way to be a leader and this [game] will be the same for me and the others. It will just be that I will have the armband on my arm.”
Former United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen believes Fernandes is the perfect character to be a captain.
He told talkSPORT: “Bruno is an excellent choice because since he’s come to the club, he has given United what they were lacking.
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“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.
“He’s got high standards about himself because you can see if he does miss a pass, he gets annoyed with himself and he will be the same with other players.
“Although he will say it, he’s not a negative person.
“He’s a very positive influence in the dressing room, players look up to him because he has proved to be such an important player for the team.”
Meulensteen thinks the Portuguese could take the role on in the future as well.
Asked if Fernandes could replace Maguire as permanent captain, he added: “For me, I can see that 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.
“You want to have players [where you can say], ‘he’s on the pitch, the captain’s on the pitch, he will carry us over the line.’”
United take on PSG tonight in the Champions League from 8pm and Express Sport will bring you all the action and reaction as it happens.
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