“These are not my views and I apologise for this. I am fully supportive of the manager and my team-mates. We are all giving our everything to improve the results.
– Antonio Valencia
The current captain of Manchester United’s response after he was caught liking a post on Instagram that called for Jose Mourinho to be sacked. He retained the armband even after this indiscretion. When Valencia was injured back in September, Mourinho decided to make Paul Pogba his captain. After a mediocre display against Wolves, the French midfielder appeared to criticise his manager by stating the club should always “attack, attack, attack”. Mourinho’s response to this was swift:
“The only truth is that I made the decision for Paul – not to be the second captain any more.
“It was exactly the same person who decided Paul was the second captain – myself. No fallout at all, just decisions I do not have to explain.”
Not the United Way
Players like Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Steve Bruce led by example. Even Wayne Rooney, for all his detractors, left everything on the pitch when playing for United. Shouldn’t a consideration be given for a player’s level of performance when deciding who gets the armband?
If the captaincy of United was to be decided on performances alone, there would be one clear winner. Their most consistent performer and regular saviour, David De Gea. The Spanish stopper has been won four and out the past five “Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year” awards. The first player in the history of Manchester United to win it 4 times.
De Gea is the real number one
The best goalkeeper in the Premier League (and perhaps the world) should be given the captaincy. Critics may point to his potential lack of leadership skills but perhaps he just hasn’t had the opportunity yet to show them yet. Spurs haven’t regretted making Hugo Lloris their number one, and he isn’t even their most consistent performer. De Gea committed to United even with serious interest from Real Madrid. Since the failed transfer bid (thank god for ‘faulty’ fax machines), he’s gone from strength to strength. Now is the time to make him the captain of Manchester United.
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