Manchester United make three-man captaincy shortlist amid Bruno Fernandes apprehension

Manchester United are reportedly having doubts over Bruno Fernandes’ suitability to be captain.

That is according to Daily Mail, which confirmed there is ‘internal scepticism’ regarding the 28-year-old’s future as club captain.

Fernandes once again donned the armband last night in the absence of Harry Maguire but has come under fire for his petulant antics throughout the match.

As if the 7-0 loss wasn’t humiliating enough, the Portugal international was frequently throwing himself on the floor and waiting for the referee’s whistle for a foul.

He was also blasted by viewers and pundits when he was shown pushing the linesman in the closing stages of the game, though it has since been confirmed that the FA will not inflict any punishment on the player.

It is expected that Fernandes will take the armband permanently if Maguire departs the club this summer, though the club’s apprehension has led them to outline David de Gea, Raphael Varane and Casemiro as alternatives.

Stretty News’ verdict

Ultimately, I love Fernandes. He has been one of my absolute favourites from the moment he arrived at Old Trafford and I know things have been rough in recent years, but I believe they’d have been considerably worse without him.

I also think he has admirable leadership qualities and this has been shown at times in how he interacts with younger players in the squad.

However, he simply has to wind in his frustrations on the pitch. Every single United player lost their head yesterday when it reached the 3-0 mark, and how are they meant to stay on track when their own captain is visibly vexed and failing to organise himself accordingly?

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