Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Bruno Fernandes will captain Manchester United against PSG on Tuesday evening – much to the midfielder’s apparent surprise.
United are without regular captain Harry Maguire for Tuesday’s Champions League clash, with the defender not travelling with squad to the French capital.
Fernandes was up for pre-match media duties alongside Solskjaer, and during the press conference the United manager was asked who would captain the Red Devils at the Parc des Princes in the absence of Maguire.
“The captain sits next to me. Bruno will captain the team tomorrow,” Solskjaer replied, via the Daily Mail. “Bruno has definitely come in and had a great positive impact. The stats show that and his performances have been receiving great praise as well.
“He has come in and if not changed the team he’s sparked something in the team and I hope we’ve sparked something in his career. That was a turning point in our season last season and we hope from more to come.”
It seems Fernandes was informed that he would wear the arm band at the same time as the world’s media – and was somewhat taken aback by the good news.
“I was not expecting this, I know the [same] time as you,” Fernandes said. “It’s an honour. But everyone is the captain, everyone needs to help and be a leader in their own way.
“I think I’m playing well in the last few months but I have to improve and do better. I think I can do much better than before. I know my numbers are good but I’m sure I will do better numbers and games than before.”
Tuesday’s game is a replay of Solskjaer’s finest hour as United boss. The Red Devils staged a remarkable fightback against PSG during the 2018/19 competition to progress to the quarter finals on away goals.