Gary Neville: David de Gea should be Manchester United’s next captain

by Leo Nieboer

Gary Neville believes that David de Gea should be Manchester United’s next permanent captain once Wayne Rooney leaves the club.

The Englishman received the captaincy back in the summer of 2014 from Louis van Gaal after Nemanja Vidic departed for Inter Milan.

He has been a sporadic presence under Jose Mourinho, however, meaning the captain’s armband has been primarily worn by either Michael Carrick or Chris Smalling this season.

But Neville, when asked to suggest who he thought deserved the captain’s armband after Rooney, responded: “De Gea.”

He then expressed doubt over the possibility of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial striking up a successful partnership up front, noting: “I don’t see them as a partnership to be honest. Might be wrong in time, but it doesn’t look natural.”

It is worth casting caution over the possibility of De Gea as Man United captain at this given time in the wake of growing reports pointing towards a possible move to Real Madrid for the Spaniard.

Zinedine Zidane, two years after the Madrid side came to within touching distance of securing his signature, has launched another campaign to lure De Gea to the Bernabeu and the club may not be able to stand in his way, especially if Madrid table an astronomical offer.

Perhaps offering De Gea the captaincy would change his mind? Only time will tell when it comes to judging the 26-year-old’s commitment to the cause at Old Trafford. As it stands, however, United’s best candidate for the armband feels like Ander Herrera – an indefatigable, fully dedicated warrior at the heart of midfield who has previously expressed a desire to spend his entire career in Manchester.

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