Bruno Fernandes is no longer expected to captain Manchester United after Sunday’s humiliating 7-0 loss to Liverpool, says Chris Sutton.
The Portuguese, who replaces in the absence of club captain Harry Maguire, was revised for comfort and in-game attitude.
« There are people who are much better qualified to be captains, » Sutton said.
“Fernandes is not their best leader. There are more approved candidates than him, Casemiro being one. »
Feeding on BBC 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, former Premier League attache Sutton, who also suggested Raphael Varane as another option, added: « I think he should never hand over the armband for Manchester again United. «
Fernandes, 28, 57 goals and 50 assists decided in 166 games for the club in all competitions, but his body language at Anfield was called « shameful » by former United captain Roy Keane, while another former skipper, Gary Neville, said he was « embarrassing at times ».
He also appeared to push the referee’s assistant in the 81st minute. No action was taken by the referee at the time and the incident is not being investigated by the (Site notre blog d’information) Association
BBC Sport have also been informed he did not ask to be replaced towards the end of the match, after questions were asked about a move he made towards the bench.
At one point, when Liverpool’s Stefan Bajcetic passed him from the touchline, Fernandes stopped rather than chasing the midfielder.
“It was an exceptional moment yesterday,” added Sutton.
« As bad as United have been, you can’t just let someone run away from you and give up. That’s what the Manchester United captain did – and it’s a bad look.
« I don’t think he has any real arguments if he is stripped of his duties as captain, » he added. « I think Bruno’s days are to be numbered. »
The defeat came seven days after Manchester United lifted the Carabao Cup – their first trophy since Erik Ten Hag took over as manager last May.
These are the three sides of the Premier League and the four quarters of the FA Cup final, and the four corners of the Europa League final.
Ten Hag, who wrote his team’s performance against rivals Liverpool as « unprofessional », dropped the in-form Marcus Rashford earlier this season after the forward missed a squad meeting, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract was terminated by mutual consent in November.
« The way ten Hag treated Rashford, Ronaldo, that’s a situation he has to deal with, » Sutton added. “Ten Hag has no choice but to let him know who’s boss. »
Speaking of the United captaincy, (Site notre bureau spécialisé) journalist Rory Smith said: « Fernandes is a fighter, he’s got a winning mentality that comes with a big price tag. other players, they just see that because he’s desperate to win.”
Smith added: « Even though Bruno was the most eye-catching miss yesterday, I was wondering what happened to Casemiro and also the Ten Hag replacements. There have been more failures here than just Bruno Fernandes. »
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