Phil Neville has agreed with his brother Gary about the potential Bruno Fernandes has to one day become permanent Manchester United captain.
The Portuguese playmaker has been a sensation at Old Trafford ever since joining from Sporting Lisbon just under a year ago.
Fernandes has been involved in 33 goals in only 30 Premier League appearances so far, and has also demonstrated his leadership skills both on and off the pitch.
Speaking about the player to Premier League Productions, Phil echoed the words of Gary by tipping Fernandes to one day become permanent captain of United.
“I think the thing about that list [of goal involvements] that stands out is the need to start winning trophies, to go along with those assists, that impact and those goals that he is scoring,” he said.
“What I like about him is that he looks like a Man United captain. He talks like one, he is a leader on the pitch and he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground, which I think is really important.”
Phil’s words come after Gary stated his belief to Sky Sports last month that Fernandes is the biggest leader in the team, despite Harry Maguire currently serving as the captain.
He said: “He (Fernandes) is the leader in that team, leader by example. Leader by what he does when he gives the ball away, he sprints straight after it.
“He’s transformed, I’d say, the whole club from a point of view of if he doesn’t play, it’s a massive problem, and that’s a big issue when you’re almost reliant on him.
“Fernandes has been an absolute sensation at United – he’s the leader of that team and if it’s not him wearing the armband, he could be.”
Fernandes has already captained the side once in a Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain, and it would come as no surprise to see him permanently installed in the position in the near future.