This comes after Erik ten Hag’s decision to strip Harry Maguire of the armband amid the Englishman’s uncertain future.
While Maguire has fallen down the pecking order, the defender was disappointed to have lost his place as United skipper.
Maguire’s first-team absence for large spells of the recently-concluded campaign meant that Fernandes was entrusted with the responsibility of captaining United for most of last season.
The Portugal international has now been handed the mantle permanently.
Ten Hag must have had a straightforward decision naming Fernandes as his next captain, having waxed lyrical about the 28-year-old’s leadership qualities on several occasions.
“First, as captain, he’s an example on the pitch with the energy he puts in,”