David De Gea is reportedly set to be named the new Manchester United captain, replacing Harry Maguire.
Maguire, Man United’s current club captain, had a truly dismal campaign last season. Wearing the armband for the Red Devils shines the spotlight upon you – and that’s the last thing he needed in the most difficult period of his career.
With Erik ten Hag having been appointed the new manager of Man United, it provided them with an opportunity to make a change in that department. It appears as though ten Hag is going to make the most of that opportunity.
According to The Sun, Maguire’s days as Man United club captain are numbered. However, while the general consensus was that Cristiano Ronaldo should replace him, the Portuguese superstar will NOT be taking the armband.
Instead, as per The Sun, long-serving goalkeeper David De Gea is set to become the new Man United captain. He is understood to be the man elected to replace Maguire as skipper come the start of their pre-season campaign.
That gives you a pretty clear indicator of ten Hag’s intentions in goal. Dean Henderson has been mooted as the natural successor to De Gea but there doesn’t appear to be any appetite to drop the Spaniard just yet.
How both Maguire and Ronaldo will react to their respective snubs remains to be seen but Man United can ill afford any more dressing room drama. They’ll be hoping they both swallow their pride and continue working for the collective cause.