Erik ten Hag will give his Manchester United players the opportunity to vote on Harry Maguire’s fate and the club’s captaincy.
The England center-back took over the captaincy from Ashley Young just six months after his £80 million moves from Leicester City.
Maguire made an impression on the job and developed as a crucial ally of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the Norwegian was fired in November.
The signings of Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to weaken the defender’s influence in the dressing room, causing his form to deteriorate.
Maguire was dropped from the starting XI in the final weeks of a tumultuous season in which he was vilified by his own fans and was the object of a terrible bomb threat.
According to The Sun, there is no mutiny in the air, but the opportunity to begin the Ten Hag period with a clean slate and a new captain is enticing.
The Dutchman will enable his players to vote for their new captain, with long-serving goalkeeper David de Gea reported being the obvious favorite.
The Spain international, who joined United a decade ago, regained his greatest form last season, winning the Players’ Player of the Year Award for a string of spectacular performances.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who appears set to stay at Old Trafford for another year, is also in the race, but De Gea appears set to win any vote among his colleagues.
The 31-year-old became increasingly vocal towards the conclusion of last season as United suffered one embarrassing defeat after another, even threatening any player who saw their future elsewhere than at United.
‘The nicest thing that occurred today is the season has finished,’ De Gea remarked following the defeat to Crystal Palace on the season’s final day.
‘I can’t wait to start working with Ten Hag.’ I’m looking forward to the new season, new management, and new players. We hope to improve and put Manchester United in a better position. We must have faith in the future.”
‘The new manager and staff are actively seeking fresh players.’ Hopefully, they bring nice ones with personality. Those that wish to remain do so at the club. Those that do not wish to remain left. You are not required to remain here.
‘I want to forget about this season and be 100 percent prepared for the upcoming season,’ he says. It’s been a terrible season in every sense; it’s been extremely difficult. It’s time to recover and prepare for the upcoming season.’