‘Going for trophies, a captain with less emotion might be better’: Bruno Fernandes is NOT the long-term solution as Manchester United captain, insists Paul Scholes after his Anfield antics
- Bruno Fernandes struggled to control his emotions at Anfield on Sunday
- The Portuguese star has been criticised for his behaviour during the game
- Paul Scholes thinks Man United should look for a different long-term captain
Paul Scholes believes Manchester United need a less emotional captain than Bruno Fernandes if they are to battle for major silverware in the future.
Fernandes has been widely criticised for his behaviour during United’s humbling 7-0 defeat against Liverpool on Sunday, but has been backed to keep the armband by manager Erik ten Hag when club captain Harry Maguire is not on the pitch.
Scholes is not convinced Fernandes is the right man for the job, though.
‘Your captain has to be an influence, leader, calm character. I’d be concerned if United, March, April are going for the title – I don’t think him as your captain would be ideal,’ Scholes told BT Sport ahead of United’s game with Real Betis on Thursday night.
‘He’s only vice-captain at the moment as Maguire’s not playing. Going forward, bigger games, going for trophies, Champions League finals, a captain with less emotion might be better.’
Bruno Fernandes has been criticised for his behaviour in Man United’s defeat at Liverpool
Paul Scholes doesn’t believe Fernandes should be United’s long-term captain
Scholes has conceded that some of the criticism directed at Fernandes since Sunday’s loss has been harsh, but feels the Portuguese star will have been embarrassed by some of his antics.
Fernandes went down clutching his face despite appearing to be pushed in the chest by Ibrahima Konate, while he also shoved an assistant referee in frustration, but has avoided any disciplinary action.
‘Yes I do,’ Scholes replied when asked if there had been an overreaction to Fernandes’ behaviour.
‘He’s been asked to play in position he’s not comfortable with doing. He’s sacrificed himself for that. We’ve seen he was frustrated with teammates. He won’t be proud of what happened in Sunday.
‘Throwing his arms up in the air, pushing the official, I think he’ll learn from that. He comes from Portugal where they do that all the time but in England it’s not quite as acceptable.
‘Going forward he’ll try and get rid of them little annoying things in his game.’
Fellow pundit Owen Hargreaves also defended Fernandes, and put his showing at Anfield down to a ‘bad day at the office’.
‘He’s had a good season. He’s been one of their best signings since Ferguson,’ Hargreaves said. ‘It was a bad day at the office.’
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