In the midst of the transformations at Manchester United, the new captain Bruno Fernandes has highlighted seven fellow squad members who he feels need to step up in the forthcoming season.
Although last season saw them lifting the Carabao Cup and securing a third-place finish in the Premier League, the Red Devils are still a distance from the top of the table.
Erik Ten Hag, who took the reins at Old Trafford, made a significant shift by assigning captaincy duties from Harry Maguire to Fernandes.
The summer transfer window has seen the Dutch coach make a few strategic additions, with the notable signing of Mason Mount from Chelsea for a reported fee of £55 million. Nevertheless, there’s a shared sentiment among the coach, fans, and players that more could be done to bolster the squad.
While discussing the recent arrival Mount, Fernandes didn’t hesitate to list a few other teammates who, in his opinion, must bring their best to the table in the upcoming season.
“He [Mount] has a point to prove, like everyone else,” said the skipper.
“I have a point to prove. So does Licha [Martinez], Casemiro, Rapha [Varane], Andre [Onana], Harry [Maguire] and Victor [Lindelof].
“It’s not about him [Mount]. He doesn’t have to prove anything more than anyone else.”
On Mount specifically, Fernandes added: “He has goals and assists in him. He can create chances, so we are expecting a lot from him. But he’s aware of that. He’s at a big club and he knows the expectations on him will be big.”