Erik ten Hag insisted that he will decide the club’s captain, dismissing the idea of a squad vote as Harry Maguire is set to lose armband.
In order to demonstrate his control over the captaincy position, the manager of Manchester United has made it plain that he will make the decision about who dons the captain’s armband.
While Maguire has served as the club captain since January 2020, his poor performance has moved him down the pecking order, behind full-back Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, and Victor Lindelof.
For the majority of the 2022–23 season, Bruno Fernandes wore the armband in Maguire’s place.
Moreover, it has been reported that United are interested in putting him up for sale this summer and have placed a £50m price tag on the player.
“It Is Up To Me”
When asked if there would be a squad vote to decide United’s captain, Ten Hag snapped: “No, I don’t let the dressing room vote. It is up to me”.
Also, the Dutch manager stressed that United needed to wrap up Andre Onana as quickly as possible after having submitted a fresh bid worth €50m (£34m/$44m) for the Cameroonian.
“Of course (it’s important to sign Onana quickly). Goalkeeper is a key position, but I am happy with the players we have now,” Ten Hag added.
Dean Henderson, who spent the previous season on loan at Nottingham Forest, has returned to Old Trafford and is another player on whom he is relying.
Despite not being included in the matchday squad for the first friendly victory over Leeds, the shot-stopper will remain in the lineup if Onana is delayed.
When asked if Henderson was on his list of priorities, the manager responded: “Of sure. I kept up with him all season”.