Rene Meulensteen backs Bruno Fernandes to permanently replace Harry Maguire as Manchester United captain due to his consistently strong performances.
The Portugal international only arrived at Old Trafford in January, but has already established himself as a talismanic figure on and off the pitch.
Fernandes will wear the armband in Maguire’s absence when United take on Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League group stage clash on Tuesday.
The captain is nursing a hamstring injury and hasn’t travelled with the squad to France.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s former assistant Meulensteen admitted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made the right call in handing the captaincy to the midfielder.
‘Bruno is an excellent choice because since he’s come to the club, he has given United what they were lacking,’ Meulensteen told talkSPORT.
‘Some urgency, he plays with conviction, he plays with authority, he drives other players on.
‘He’s a positive influence every time he steps on the pitch – and he’s not afraid to tell players when they don’t meet the standards.
‘He’s got high standards about himself because you can see if he does miss a pass, he gets annoyed with himself and he will be the same with other players.
‘Although he will say it, he’s not a negative person.
‘He’s a very positive influence in the dressing room, players look up to him because he has proved to be such an important player for the team.’
‘He plays every game, his performances are nine out of ten. He always has an impact on the game.
‘You want to have players [where you can say], “He’s on the pitch, the captain’s on the pitch, he will carry us over the line”.’