Manchester United manager Ralph Rangnick has suggested the players decide to captain the club amid questions about Harry Maguire’s suitability.
The England international has come under fire in recent months for his overall performance, with many fans calling for the club to strip him of the captaincy.
Maguire arrived at Old Trafford from Leicester City in a £80m deal, and was given the captaincy following Ashley Young’s departure to Inter Milan in January 2020.
Rangnick is set to leave the club at the end of the season and seems to have suggested to the incoming manager how he should choose his captain
He answered a question from a reporter during a press conference, “I understand your question but again it doesn’t make sense because we don’t know what kind of players will be here, what the group will look like.”
“I can only tell you what I did in the past when I was a coach or coach because in Germany he is called Mannschaftskapitan – captain of the team.
“I strongly believe that the captain should be elected by the team.
“We’ve always had a board of four or five players – we called it Spielerat [players’ council] – Elected by the players. The player with the most votes was the team leader at the end. That’s how I did it
“I know a lot of coaches don’t do it that way. It’s what I would do if I was still the coach next season, but I’m not in the end. It’s something Eric will have to decide.”
Maguire’s problems were exacerbated by a knee injury he picked that could cause him to miss the rest of the season.
He was not in the squad to face Chelsea on Thursday night, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes among the favorites for the captaincy.