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Solskjaer explains Bruno Fernandes captaincy decision for Man Utd vs PSG

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he could have handed the captaincy to a number of Manchester United players in Harry Maguire’s absence against Paris Saint-Germain.

Solskjaer has given the armband to Bruno Fernandes for the Champions League group stage opener, with regular skipper Maguire ruled out through injury.

United are back in Europe’s premier competition after finishing third in last season’s Premier League, with PSG’s Parc des Princes holding fond memories for Solskjaer – United pulled off a classic comeback victory on their last visit to the stadium in 2019.

On the captaincy situation, Solskjaer insisted his United squad has a number of contenders, though he settled on Fernandes.

“We have many captains on the pitch,” he told United’s official website.

“Harry’s our captain and it could easily be many other players that I say is captain material. Tomorrow I’ve decided that Bruno’s going to wear the armband.”

Fernandes had admitted in a press conference on Monday that the captain’s armband came as a surprise, as he leads out United for the first time since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in January.

“I was not expecting this, I have found out the same time as you!” Fernandes said of the captaincy. “For me it’s an honour, I will be captain for my teammates and to be captain of Manchester United is an important achievement for me.

“But I think everyone is the captain. Everyone needs to help and be a leader in their own way, leadership is different in every player. Tomorrow will not be about me but the team.

“Leading is every day in the training ground, every game and everyone is doing their job to lead the team in the way they think is best.”

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