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Manchester United Legend Juan Mata Identifies Key Player to Build Team Around



In recent comments, former Manchester United star Juan Mata has hailed current team captain Bruno Fernandes as a “great leader” and suggested that the club’s ethos should revolve around him.

Bruno Fernandes has been in exceptional form, netting six goals and providing an assist in his last four appearances.

Despite his impressive performances, Fernandes’ captaincy has faced scrutiny ever since he assumed the role from Harry Maguire in July 2023.

Nonetheless, Mata expressed to ESPN on Thursday his admiration for Fernandes and emphasized the Portuguese midfielder’s consistency and influence as a role model within the squad.

According to Mata: “I firmly believe that we currently have a tremendous leader in our midst, in the form of our captain, Bruno.

“I would encourage all the young talents to emulate him. I cannot overstate his significance to the club, not just based on his recent on-field exploits, like his crucial goals and pivotal performances, but also his unwavering dedication over the years.

“He is not just a top-notch player, but an even better individual. In my opinion, the club’s philosophy should be centered around him. He sets a remarkable example for the new crop of players such as [Alejandro] Garnacho, [Kobbie] Mainoo, [Rasmus] Højlund, urging them to observe his commitment, work ethic, and conduct.

“To me, he epitomizes what it means to be a Manchester United player, always standing by the team. Regardless of his form on the pitch, his attitude remains unwavering. That, for me, encapsulates the true essence of representing Manchester United.”