Regardless of whether not De Gea is given a chance to audition for the role, Maguire’s hopes of retaining the armband next year suffered a major blow on Thursday. Despite previously backing him to stay on as captain, Rangnick admitted that he felt the team should ‘elect’ their own captain when he was quizzed on who he’d recommend to Ten Hag for the role.
Rangnick said: “I can only tell what I have done in the past when I was the head coach or the manager, because in Germany it’s called match kapitan, so the captain of the team. I strongly believe that the captain should be elected by the team because he’s called the team manager, and we always did that.
“We always had a board of four or five players, we called it the spielkapitan, elected by the players, the player with the highest amount of votes was the team captain at the end. That’s how I did it, I know that not a lot of head coaches do it that way.”