Bruno Fernandes responds to criticism of his Manchester United captaincy

'Probably I am not always right.'

Bruno Fernandes responds to criticism of his Manchester United captaincy
Everton FC v Manchester United - Premier League
Bruno Fernandes’ leadership at Manchester United has come in for criticism (Picture: Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes admits he might not get everything right as Manchester United captain, but has defended his leadership, saying he is always doing what he thinks is best for the team.

The midfielder has come in for criticism from Red Devils legends, with Roy Keane saying he should be stripped of the armband and Gary Neville saying he doesn’t want to be captain at all and should relinquish the responsibility.

There has been something of a morale boost at Old Trafford with three Premier League wins on the spin, most recently a 3-0 victory over Everton on Sunday.

Fernandes showed his leadership skills by handing over a penalty to Marcus Rashford for the struggling striker to slot home and gain some confidence instead of taking it himself.

The 29-year-old has defended how he leads the team on the pitch, admitting he can get things wrong, but he always has Manchester United’s best interest at heart.

‘Obviously you don’t like to be criticised, everyone’s the same, but at the same time I have to do what I think is the best for my team,’ Fernandes told a press conference on Tuesday ahead of a Champions League clash with Galatasaray on Wednesday.

‘Probably I am not always right but in my head at the moment it is the right choice, so I do it.

Everton FC v Manchester United - Premier League
Marcus Rashford scored just his second Premier League goal of the season at Everton (Picture: Getty Images)

‘My focus is on the team, the staff, everyone who works with me day by day. 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.’

The Red Devils go to Turkey this week bottom of Group A but not out of contention to make the knockout stages.

Bayern Munich are already guaranteed to be top of the group, with FC Copenhagen second on four points, Galatasaray third also on four and United a point behind.

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