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Man Utd: Fernandes reacts to captaincy criticism ahead of UCL return

Bruno Fernandes at Man Utd
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The Portuguese star has come under fire for his performance as United’s skipper.

Bruno Fernandes has defended his performance as Manchester United’s captain ahead of the Red Devils’ Champions League clash against Galatasaray.

Fernandes has been called out for his poor leadership amid United’s underwhelming start to the campaign. However, the Portugal international believes a captaincy change is not needed as other players and staff are happy with his performance.

“My focus is on the team, the staff, everyone who works with me day by day,” Fernandes told a pre-match press conference. “I think they are pretty happy with me, the way I am is the same since I arrived at the club, it has not changed since being captain.

“I don’t think it has to change. I am really open with everyone so no one until now has had a problem with me, so I think I should keep it like that, everyone is pretty happy with my leadership.”

Fernandes replaced Harry Maguire as United’s captain in the summer after the defender lost his place in Erik ten Hag’s starting lineup. Earlier this season, however, many observers, including United legends Gary Neville and Roy Keane, criticized Fernandes for his attitude in crucial matches.

United will look to keep their qualification hopes alive in the Champions League by beating Galatasaray on Wednesday. The Red Devils will then take on Newcastle in a Premier League clash three days later.