Following Michael Carrick’s decision to call time on his footballing career, Manchester United no longer have a captain but reports according M.E.N has revealed that Antonio Valencia and David De Gea ranks favourites among the players who could be wearing the Captains armband at the fortress of Old Trafford next season.
It is almost nine years since Valencia joined Manchester United on a four year deal from Wigan Atletic – the Ecuadorian was signed as a possible replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo but Luis Van Gaal noticed his defensive prowess and mostly used him as a right back.
Jose Mourinho has continued to used the player in the right wing back position and despite signing Diogo Dalot from Porto, Valencia is expected to be given the nod in that position. Valencia wore the armband for the Red Devils last term but he has surpassed the twilight of his career and so, he might not be a regular starter next season.
Several names have been thrown into the fray including Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young but non of the aforementioned players are guaranteed a starting berth at the club and so, they are unlikely going to be handed the leadership role.
Nemanja Matic has displayed leadership traits but the fact that he is relatively new to the club has ruled him out leaving David De Gea, as the obvious candidate for United’s Captaincy.
Although, he is still linked with a move to Real Madrid but the his heroics and acrobatic saves in-between the sticks for United can only be consolidated with an improved contract and added responsibility.
Mourinho reckons that he will not sell David De Gea and the £100m valuation of the Spaniard has thrown Los Blancos out of the scheme of things. United have always rewarded their best players with the Captains armband and by all standards, De Gea is currently the best player of United.