Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes responds to criticism about his captaincy

Fernandes was the de facto captain last season in the absence of Maguire in matches, who made just eight league starts, but the conversation around his credentials to wear the armband has continued.

The midfielder joined Ten Hag for his pre-match press conference at Carrington on Tuesday afternoon ahead of facing Galatasaray in the Champions League and he opened up on dealing with the criticism.

Fernandes insisted everyone at the club are happy with his leadership and said there would always be critics when representing United.

“You don&apost like to be criticised, but I think everyone is the same,” he said. “But at the same time, I have to do what is best for the team. Im probably not always right, but in my head, at that moment, it&aposs the right choice.

“I think its quite normal when you play for Manchester United you will be criticised, even when you do well or bad, the right thing or the wrong thing, so I have to deal with that. It&aposs normal since I arrived at the club.

“When the results arent coming and the performances aren&apost what everyone expects and my numbers make me a target, not keeping the same numbers with goals and assists is sometimes a problem with criticism.

“Now it&aposs the captaincy, there will always be something but my focus is on the team and staff, everyone who works here day by day and I&aposm pretty sure they are happy with me and the way I am.

“I&aposm really open with everyone and nobody until now has had a problem with me. I think everyone here is happy with my leadership.”

Fernandes is the usual penalty taker and he handed Marcus Rashford the spot-kick against Everton at the weekend. “We have a list of penalty takers and there&aposs no order of who&aposs going to be first, second or third,” he added.

“It&aposs been myself because, in the past few years, it&aposs always been me, but when I arrived at the club it was Marcus who was the penalty taker. He was injured when I arrived and I started taking my penalties, so he was respectful, saying I was doing it now and to keep going, at moments he had times to take one and other moments we gave the ball to each other.

“I don&apost think it&aposs important who takes it because the manager puts the paper out there with the penalty takers and the two games for that game was me and Marcus, so it&aposs about deciding who takes it.