Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes insists he is the right man to wear the captaincy armband amid criticism from club legends.
Fernandes has received criticism since becoming United captain from pundits and Manchester United legends. Roy Keane and Gary Neville have criticised his body language, and Paul Ince recently questioned his suitability for captaincy.
Ahead of Wednesday’s match against Galatasaray, Fernandes defended himself and claimed the criticism was not due to his body language.
Fernandes told a press conference: “Obviously you don’t like to be criticised, everyone is the same. but at the same time I have to do what I think is the best for my team. It is quite normal when you play for Manchester United you are going to get criticised. even if you do well or bad, if you do the wrong or the right thing. I just have to deal with that, it is normal since I arrived at the club. In the beginning was everything perfect. because when you arrive in the first game if you do something different than anyone else is doing, is gonna be all flowers. But after that I understand the tough part is always coming. Because when the result is not coming. when the performance are not what everyone expects to be, because the expectations are always higher and higher.”
Fernandes: My numbers made myself a target
Portuguese midfielder, who has scored 68 goals for the club, said he is getting criticised because he is not scoring goals as much as before.
Fernandes added: “I know since I arrived at the club my numbers made myself a target so not keeping the same numbers on goals and assists is sometimes a problem for me in the criticism because they are gonna take from there. Now is the captaincy, there is gonna be always something. Now 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 like that, everyone is pretty happy with my leadership.”
Man United face Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday night. They need at least a draw to ensure they remain in the competition.