Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has defended his Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes following heavy criticism regarding his attitude.
During United’s 7-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, Fernandes was visibly frustrated and appeared to push the referee’s assistant in the 81st minute.
The Dutchman ten Hag has since insisted Fernandes will remain captain despite calls for the 28-year-old to lose the armband.
“He is playing a brilliant season,” said Ten Hag.
“He has played a big role in us being where we are. Everyone makes mistakes and we learn. I have to learn and he will as well.
“He is intelligent. I’m really pleased he is our player and he is captain when Harry (Maguire) is not playing.”
The Red Devils will be keen to correct their humiliating defeat with a victory over Real Betis in the Europa League round of 16 on Thursday.
United then host Southampton on Sunday in the Premier league before their 2nd leg tie versus Betis next Thursday at the Benito Villamarín Stadium in Seville, Spain.
Mark Marston | Get Football