Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fans Want Safe Pair of Hands for Captain's Armband

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fans Want Safe Pair of Hands for Captain's Armband

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UNITED supporters want David de Gea to replace Michael Carrick as captain next season.

Carrick led United out in his 464th and final appearance against Watford on Sunday and Jose Mourinho will appoint his second official skipper in the summer.

In an M.E.N. poll, De Gea amassed a staggering 61 per cent of the vote, with Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera earning 17 per cent each, and five per cent of United fans plumped for an alternative.

De Gea skippered United for only the second time in the win at Bournemouth last month but Antonio Valencia has worn the armband for the majority of the campaign, since Carrick missed four months following a heart procedure.

Valencia, at 32, is United's longest-serving player now Carrick has retired but Mourinho admitted in the summer he was not a fan of the ruling that longevity should determine who captains the team. …

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