Manchester United are currently preparing to take on Real Sociedad in the second-leg of their first-round knockout match in this season’s Europa League.
After naming a strong starting 11, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opted to rest the club’s usual captain Harry Maguire.
Solskjaer’s starting side includes Dean Henderson in place of David De Gea in between the sticks and striker Anthony Martial upfront.
©️ @B_Fernandes8 will lead out the Reds this evening! ✊
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 25, 2021
Elsewhere, new-signing Amad Diallo will be forced to wait to be called into action as he is resigned to a place on the bench.
In place of United’s centre-back, who would usually lead the Red Devils out, is midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese superstar, who has arguably been Solskjaer’s main-man this season, is set to be awarded the armband.
United come into Thursday’s match off the back of a brilliant 4-0 win in the first-leg.
It’s going to be a tough ask for Real Sociedad to overturn such a commanding lead, especially considering one of their opponent’s most vocal players will be orchestrating proceedings.
In light of the news that Fernandes will captain the side, fans have been quick to take to their social media to react.
Captain Bruno 😂🔴 pic.twitter.com/TBa8I5epk6
— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) February 25, 2021
Hold the front door, Harry Maguire isn’t starting. Captain Bruno 😍 https://t.co/E64gbNsAvR
— United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) February 25, 2021
— Uncle Wilsøn™ (@iam_wilsons) February 25, 2021
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) February 25, 2021
Bruno’s captain for the night 😍
First of many, hopefully
— Ola (@uriel__0) February 25, 2021
— Uzoamaka Mojekwu (@damselkk) February 25, 2021
Bruno should be permanent captain. He FEELS the team. ❤
— Despairing Man (@DespairingMan62) February 25, 2021
We should of been resting players today, ole needs to work on his team selections. Atleast Bruno’s the Captain.
— Lewis🏴🔴 (@LewisUtd_) February 25, 2021
This is not the team I expected, however safe to say we go through.
Bruno as the Captain is always a positive.
— Jakku-MUFC (@JakuKoreanJesus) February 25, 2021