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Chris Sutton wants Fernandes stripped off United captaincy role

Bruno Fernandes should not captain Manchester United again following Sunday’s humiliating 7-0 defeat by Liverpool, says Chris Sutton.

The Portuguese, who deputises in the absence of club captain Harry Maguire, was criticised for his behaviour and attitude in the game.

“There are people that are far better qualified to be captain,” Sutton said.

“Fernandes is not their best leader. There are more suitable candidates than him, Casemiro being one.”

Speaking on the BBC, former Premier League striker Sutton, who also suggested Raphael Varane as another option, added: “I think he should never put on the armband again for Manchester United.”

Fernandes, 28, has 57 goals and 50 assists in 166 games for the club in all competitions, but his body language at Anfield was called “disgraceful” 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 Football Association

BBC Sport has also been told he did not ask to be substituted towards the end of the match, after questions were asked about a gesture he made to the bench.

At one point, when Liverpool’s Stefan Bajcetic went past him by the touchline, Fernandes stopped rather than giving chase to the midfielder.

“That was a standout moment,” added Sutton.

“However bad United were, you cannot just let someone run away from you and give up. That’s what the captain of Manchester United did – and that’s a bad look.


Source: BBC Sports

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