The Premier League club announced the appointment on Thursday.
Fernandes has scored 64 goals and given 54 assists in 185 games since joining United in 2020 from Sporting Lisbon.
Harry Maguire tweeted on Sunday that he is no longer United’s captain after talks with manager Erik ten Hag. The central defender played just eight games in the Championship last season, leading to constant speculation over his future at Old Trafford.
In Maguire’s absence last season, the 28-year-old Fernandes was appointed captain more often than not and many expected him to be given the role on a permanent basis. He played in all but one of the Championship matches as United finished third and returned to the Champions League for the first time since 2021.
The team arrived in the United States on Thursday for a 12-day tour, but Ten Hag will be absent without midfielder Fred, who stayed in England for personal reasons.
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