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Bruno Fernandes is not Manchester United’s best leader, there are more suitable candidates: Chris Sutton

Former English footballer Chris Sutton said that Bruno Fernandes is not Manchester United’s best leader and there are more suitable candidates.

By India Today Sports Desk: Former English footballer Chris Sutton said that there are more suitable candidates to lead Manchester United after Bruno Fernandes-led side was humbled by Liverpool.

Manchester United suffered an embarrassing 0-7 record defeat against Liverpool at Anfield on March 5. Fernandes, who led the side in the absence of captain Harry Maguire, was criticised for his behaviour and attitude in the weekend showdown.

“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.”

Sutton suggested the likes of Casemiro and Raphael Varane as alternative options to lead Manchester United. “I think he should never put on the armband again for Manchester United,” Sutton said while speaking on BBC 5 Live’s Monday Night Club.

Former United captain Roy Keane called Fernandes’ body language “disgraceful”, while another former skipper Gary Neville said the Portuguese was “embarrassing at times”. Fernandes, who has 57 goals and 50 assists in 166 games for the club in all competitions, appeared to push the referee’s assistant.

However, no action was taken by the referee at the time and the incident is not being investigated by the Football Association. Moreover, when Liverpool’s Stefan Bajcetic went past Fernandes by the touchline, the Portuguese 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.

“I don’t think he has any real arguments if he does get stripped of the captaincy,” he added. “I think Bruno’s days have to be numbered.”

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