Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand says he is worried that there may be a lack of leaders in the club’s dressing room after manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer selected Bruno Fernandes as stand-in captain for the injured Harry Maguire against PSG last night.
Ferdinand was full of praise for the Portuguese international’s character but he did ask why a player, who has been at the club less than a year, has already been thrust into a leadership role:
“I think that says it all. He’s not even been here a year but he’s walked in and been told he’s the captain for the night because Maguire isn’t here. That tells you one, about him and his personality and also about the squad. They haven’t got the players that are going to step in and play that role. This kid is made for the big stage and he can deliver every time he steps out on the pitch.”
It is a slight concern, and Ferdinand is right to point it out, but it shouldn’t really matter too much how long Fernandes has been at the club. The 26-year-old has a fiery personality and his desire to win at all costs should make him a good leader.
He will be expecting teammates to match his work rate and intensity while setting the example for others to follow with his performances on the pitch.