Cristiano Ronaldo made a sensational return to Manchester United last summer and immediately hit the ground running, scoring a brace in his second debut for the Red Devils. However, things have not quite worked out well for the English side as the club sacked their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer midway through the season following poor results and inconsistency.
With Ralf Rangnick taking over on an interim basis, the club continued to saddle down the train as United couldn’t finish in the Champions League places in the League. Throughout the past season, they’ve been many reports citing dressing room unrest at Old Trafford with many calling for a change in the club’s captaincy currently donned by Harry Maguire.
However, the English defender ended the season as the captain but now with the appointment of Erik ten Hag, it’s unclear who is going to take up the mantle of leadership next season at Old Trafford.
Speaking on that view, former English forward Darrent Bent has shared his opinion on who he thinks deserves to captain the great club back to success next season.
“My thing with Ronaldo is, we know he’s a leader, but he tried to lead this season and not many of the players followed him. Some of them went the other way,” ex-England striker Darren Bent said on talkSPORT.
“None of them improved, none of them wanted to follow the example that he set and he’s one of the greats, but there were times when people didn’t pass the ball to him and he’d turn his back on them and throw his arms up in the air. That’s not a captain.
“He was a captain this season without having the armband. For me, David de Gea would be my captain.”
Ronaldo wore the armband on several occasions last season but only when the full-time Man United captain Harry Maguire was absent.
The writing seems to be on the wall for Maguire, however, as rumors strongly suggest that his teammates won’t back him to remain the team captain. It will be De Gea, not Ronaldo, who might succeed him, though.