Erik ten Hag ‘let Manchester United players vote on who should be captain’ amid doubts about current skipper Harry Maguire… ‘with David de Gea the overwhelming favorite to take over the armband’
- England centre-back Harry Maguire is the current Manchester United captain
- However, last season he struggled and his role in the squad is being questioned
- Upcoming boss Erik ten Hag lets the players decide on the captain’s armband
- David de Gea is popular among the players and is expected to take over the bracelet
David de Gea has emerged as the overwhelming favorite to become Manchester United’s next captain, according to reports.
Current skipper Harry Maguire came under pressure last season after a subpar campaign, with some questioning his ability to continue in the role.
And it looks like he might have to give up the bracelet for next season.
Harry Maguire has been Man United captain for two years, but his position is being questioned
David de Gea has emerged as the favorite to replace him as captain of the team
Upcoming manager Erik ten Hag is set to let the players pick who should be captain, and de Gea is expected to get the nod from his teammates, as reported by The sun†
Maguire’s days as captain seem numbered for some time, as the England central defender was engaged in a power struggle with star striker Cristiano Ronaldo in February.
It was alleged that interim boss Ralf Rangnick was considering talking to the pair about the Portuguese forward taking on the armband for the remainder of the season, but Maguire eventually managed to keep his role.
Clearly Ronaldo would still be in the running to replace Maguire now, but de Gea would likely beat him when it came to a vote in the dressing room.
Cristiano Ronaldo could also be considered, but he will be running the De Gea captain’s armband. wrong
Erik ten Hag is ready to let the players decide who should be the next captain
De Gea has spent the past 11 years at Old Trafford and has become a popular figure at the club in that time.
He won the Players’ Player of the Year award for the fourth time on Friday, reflecting how highly he is regarded by his peers.
He led the Red Devils in their first three league games of the 2019-20 season, before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chose to appoint Maguire as permanent captain in January 2020, less than six months after coming over from Leicester for £80 million.
De Gea went through a rough patch afterwards, briefly losing his place in the team to Dean Henderson, but he is now the undisputed number 1 at United and could be given additional responsibility at the club in the coming months.