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MUN 0-7 LIV: Erik ten Hag decides against removing Bruno Fernandes as Manchester United captain

Erik ten Hag has ‘no plans’ to strip Bruno Fernandes of the armband after calls for the midfielder to have the captaincy removed following his display against Liverpool. Liverpool thumped arch rivals Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday, beating the Red Devils 7-0 thanks to brilliant performances from their front three. Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo and Mohamed Salah all bagged braces, while Roberto Firmino scored a late seventh as Liverpool earned their biggest win over Man Utd ever.

 

United were humiliated at Anfield in one of the most surprising results of the Premier League season as Liverpool ran riot and hit them for seven. Cody Gakpo, Mo Salah and Darwin Nunez each scored twice before Roberto Firmino added the final gloss to the scoreline with the seventh. Few players came in for as much criticism after the game as Fernandes. The 28-year-old captained United in the absence of Harry Maguire, as he has done on multiple occasions this season, but his display of leadership left a lot to be desired.

 

There have been calls for Fernandes to therefore have the captaincy removed and Ten Hag has shown already this season that he’s willing to be ruthless. But the Sun say Ten Hag has no plans to take the armband off Fernandes and the midfielder still retains his faith. Fernandes is said to have spoken to his team-mates after the defeat, telling them they must make amends in the remainder of the season. United have little time to dwell on the defeat as they face Real Betis at Old Trafford on Thursday.

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