Fernandes scored in the six-goal thriller, which was the first time the iconic fixture was played in front of fans at Elland Road since Leeds returned to the Premier League.
The Portugal international has worn the armband on a number of occasions for United and is recognised as one of the biggest personalities in the dressing room.
And he's gone even further up in United supporters' estimations after his latest interview.
On Twitter, Fernandes posted a picture of him in between centre-backs Raphael Varane and Eric Bailly during training, captioning it, "Feeling very safe in between these two" with a laugh emoji.
Some interpreted it as a dig at skipper Harry Maguire, who has been widely criticised in recent times.
But Fernandes gave an emphatic response where he called people out for blowing the post out of proportion and making stories.
“Honestly, I think people question everything at this club. Every week we have a new story about something,” Fernandes told Premier League Productions.
“I posted a photo on Instagram where I was [pictured] with Rapha [Varane] and Eric [Bailly] and I said, ‘I feel very secure in the middle with these two’, meaning, ‘security’ like if [someone] comes they are like my bodyguards. And people were complaining [that] I was throwing something at Maguire.
But Maguire was not the only defender who was not in the photo. Lindelof was not in the photo, Phil Jones was not in the photo.
“People want to complain and want to make stories around us, but the most important [thing] is that we stick together and do our jobs on the pitch.
“Obviously, everyone is really happy with H [Maguire] because it’s really tough being in his place in the last period.
“Honestly, we all have bad games. And when we don’t win it’s not because H is not playing well, or Bruno is not playing well, it’s because the team is not playing well and it’s not performing in the right way.
“For us inside the dressing room is not where we blame someone, but [to] understand how we come out of bad situations.”
Every time I think I cannot love Bruno more but he does something that makes me love him more. This interview being the perfect example 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/j5eczeUkVd— karthik (@karthik_utd) February 21, 2022
Fernandes did not shy away from his true feelings and United fans loved the way he displayed leadership and defended the club with a clear message.
So much so, many are demanding for the former Sporting to be named captain:
There is a certain aura around this man which should be present inside every other sportsperson. Plays like a captain, acts like a captain and speaks like a king.👑— Anuj (@AnujNamnaik3) February 22, 2022
We are extremely blessed to have him in our team! https://t.co/DkYpdWOsGL
Leadership qualities, speaks with passion, stands up for his teammates. Some might say that's captain material 😉😉😉 https://t.co/jXLjLNYEXx— Gavin Blake (@Blakey_78UTD) February 22, 2022
Wow I’m impressed by this, dare I say captain material? https://t.co/gR4QOyCUBO— Frank 🇩🇪 (@UTDFrankie) February 21, 2022
Bruno is the guy and will be the guy to guide us to honours one day, he was one of the very few, that as soon as he walked into the club he got it, he got what it means to represent United. https://t.co/4O2I4EYVX6— Nav 🇵🇸 (@NavMUFC) February 21, 2022
Bluh bluh go grab that arm band now https://t.co/Iqqhl4f0ln— Afro_Asian👑🇺🇬 (@miss_steinerr) February 21, 2022
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