“The Portuguese midfielder has already worn the armband for United on quite a few events and Erik ten Hag has confirmed that he’ll now lead the staff on a everlasting foundation,” the membership’s official assertion mentioned.
“… As captain, the two-time Sir Matt Busby Participant of the 12 months will proceed to drive to the very best requirements by means of the squad as United push for fulfillment in 2023-24 and past.”
Fernandes takes the permanent leadership duties from Harry Maguire, who noticed restricted appearances beneath ten Hag and has been the goal of some switch rumors.
The Portuguese midfielder turns 29 in September and joined United in January 2020 from Sporting CP. To this point at Previous Trafford he is scored 44 targets and assisted on 33 extra in 124 Premier League matches, serving to the membership qualify for the UEFA Champions League in three of four seasons.
In April 2022, Fernandes and United agreed to a contract extension by means of 2026 with an possibility for 2027.
Fernandes’ activity now just isn’t merely to provide statistically, but in addition usher United again to their heights of the early 2000s.
Regardless of constantly ending within the top-four of the Premier League and competing within the UEFA Champions League, Manchester United followers are experiencing a title drought in each competitions. They have not received the EPL since 2013 and the retirement of legendary supervisor Sir Alex Ferguson and have gone since 2008 with no Champions League title.
Worse nonetheless, they’ve witnessed the meteoric ascent of cross-town rivals Manchester Metropolis, who’ve received the EPL in 5 of the final six seasons and 6 instances since United’s final title.
Each followers and ten Hag will hope the management of a Fernandes, who has performed in lots of leagues and competitions throughout Europe, might be step again towards glory.
Manchester United opens the Premier League marketing campaign on Aug. 14 in opposition to Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.