Man United fans have asked Erik ten Hag to make a big call after humiliating 7-0 defeat to Liverpool
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Manchester United fans are all in agreement over the decision Erik ten Hag needs to make after the humiliating 7-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
The Red Devils shipped SIX goals in a complete second half collapse at Anfield. Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez and Mo Salah all struck twice, before Roberto Firmino completed the annihilation in the 88th minute and inflicted United's heaviest loss since 1931.
There was so much to unpack from the shambolic second half performance, with the behaviour of some of United's players coming under serious scrutiny.
And it was Bruno Fernandes, wearing the captain's armband again as per usual, who was the very worst culprit.
The Portugal international's performance was well below par but there was a lot to dislike about his attitude and body language too.
He produced a horrific dive in an attempt to win a penalty, held his face when Ibrahima Konate's arm had caught his chest ever so slightly and even put his hands on a linesman when frustrated late on.
His head completely going, Fernandes looked like he had given up as the goals kept coming in when he was supposed to be the leader.
18-year-old Stefan Bajcetic danced around him as Fernandes resorted to walking about and flailing his arms around.
There was a claim that he moaned at Ten Hag for not substituting him after the sixth goal and that just about summed it up.
Former United skipper Gary Neville labelled his antics "embarrassing" and "a disgrace" on Sky Sports' coverage.
And afterwards, plenty of United supporters concurred that Fernandes should not continue to wear the armband even if Harry Maguire does not have a starting role currently.
🗣️ “There were things that I saw in that second half that were a disgrace and I’ll start with Bruno Fernandes because I’ve had enough of him throwing his arms around at his teammates, I’ve had enough of him not running back. He whinges at everybody.”@GNev2 on Bruno Fernandes. pic.twitter.com/cH64mfEZfV— Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 5, 2023
One said: "Bruno Fernandes is a decent player, but always had a rotten attitude - whinger & a cheat. Never has been captain material. Ten Hag should take the armband off him just for this let alone the rest of that second half..."
A second agreed: "Bruno Fernandes is really one of the worst footballers, especially when he is losing, it’s a shameful performance from him today. "To be sincere, he’s not the kind of player Manchester United should have as their captain."
Another added: "Bruno Fernandes' captain arc was fun but all eras must come to an end. When he loses his head he becomes the opposite of everything you want from a captain."
A fourth opined: "Bruno Fernandes, a talented player for sure, is an awful captain and leader. He should never wear the United armband ever again."
A fifth vented: "Bruno Fernandes cannot be captain after such a performance. Tried to get subbed. Tried to get sent off."
Raphael Varane would appear to be a much better fit after his post-match antics, while Casemiro and David de Gea are also among the other leaders United have.