Former Udinese manager Andrea Stramaccioni has been backed Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes to become Manchester United’s future captain.
(African Stand) — Bruno Fernandes has been backed to become the captain of Manchester United by former Udinese manager Andrea Stramaccioni, who described the midfielder as “talismanic”.
The 25-year-old proved an inspired acquisition for United following his January move from Sporting Lisbon, scoring 12 goals and providing eight assists in 22 games as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side secured a third-place Premier League finish.
The playmaker also scored United’s only goal as they fell to a Europa League semi-final defeat to Sevilla, their third last-four loss of the season across all competitions.
United looked significantly improved following Fernandes’ arrival and he eventually formed a promising midfield partnership with Paul Pogba.
And Stramaccioni, who managed Fernandes in Italy, believes he has all the qualities necessary to become United skipper.
“Bruno is a very good boy, a very good person,” Stramaccioni told Sky Sports. “He is a really hard worker, he’s positive.
“When we were at Udinese he worked a lot and his approach was always positive.
“He can certainly captain Manchester United, he is a really talismanic player. He is loved by the fans, respected by his team-mates – even from opponents.
“To be captain of Manchester United is something really, really important. I hope he will be.
“I think now we don’t need to think about this kind of thing, he has to think about keeping his performance at a high level, as he is doing, and step by step gain the respect of everyone around him – the media, the fans – and continue to keep a high level.”