Roy Keane has that demanded Erik ten Hag strip Bruno Fernandes of the Manchester United captaincy following their humiliating 3-0 defeat by Manchester City at Old Trafford.
Erling Haaland scored a brace before Phil Foden added the third to leave United eight points adrift of the Champions League places after losing five of their opening 10 league games of the season, with fans booing at the final whistle.
When asked what United can do immediately in an attempt to rectify their failings amid a turbulent time for the club both on and off the field, former skipper Keane suggested stripping Fernandes of the armband.
“After today, watching him again today, I would definitely take the captaincy off him. A hundred per cent. I know it’s a big decision, they changed it with Maguire, but Fernandes is not captain material,” Keane, who captained United from 1997 to 2005 during one of the club’s most successful periods, said on Sky Sports.
“He’s a talented player, no doubt about it, but I think what I saw today with him again, he’s whinging, he’s moaning, he’s throwing his arms up in the air constantly, it really isn’t acceptable.”
Ten Hag named Fernandes captain this summer after Harry Maguire was stripped of the role after the England international lost his place in the starting line-up.
But while Keane believes Fernandes is a great football player, he does not feel he has the right attitude to be United skipper.
“What we saw today, I would take that off him. You have to start somewhere, we talk about board level, managers, I would start at that because the manager is capable of doing that and holding his hands up and saying: ‘Look, I got it wrong,’” Keane added.
“Fernandes is a brilliant footballer, but, in terms of captain material, he’s the opposite of what I’d want in a captain.
“When things aren’t right at a club, one bad decision seems to follow another. Man United were doing it great 10 or 15 years ago and they would get a lot of credit and a lot of plaudits for the structure of the club but now there seems to be chaos at board level, which there is, and they’re taking that onto the pitch.”