Erik ten Hag held a press conference before the match with Real Betis. The Dutchman is under a lot of pressure after a big defeat. No one expected that United would experience a difficult fate at Anfield, considering that they were defeated 7-0 by Liverpool.
One of the most criticized players is Bruno Fernandes, the captain of the team. Reporters had many interesting questions during the press conference, and one of the questions was if Fernandes is meeting the standards required as captain; ‘Yes.
Definitely. He is playing a brilliant season, he has a really important role in why we are in the position we are.' - Erik ten Hag said, as quoted by metro.co.uk Erik ten Hag thinks that Bruno is doing an excellent job. He is a great fighter, gives his maximum, and tries to use every moment to guide the players and help them.
‘Because he gives energy to the team, he not only running a lot in the highest intensity but in the right way, in the right direction. He is pointing and coaching players, he is an inspirator for the team. But no one is perfect.
Everyone has mistakes and everyone has to learn. I have to learn, he will learn as well because he is intelligent. But I am really happy to have Bruno in our team and I am really happy if Harry is not on the pitch, he is our captain.’
Garry Neville on Bruno Fernandes
The legend of Manchester United, Gary Neville, is disappointed with the behavior of Fernandes, considering that he asked to be substituted after the fifth goal.
‘Bruno Fernandes is stood in the centre circle with his arms raised asking: ‘Why is it me not coming off?’ Neville said. ‘Honestly, I have to say some of his behaviour in the second half has been a disgrace.’
The match with Real Betis will be an opportunity for Erik ten Hag's team to "fix" things and try to win another trophy.
They are in the game for two trophies; The FA Cup trophy, as well as the Europa League trophy. An interesting continuation of the season awaits them.