With Wayne Rooney’s time at the club apparently drawing to a close, the Red Devils will need to appoint a skipper to replace Rooney, and without that many senior players, it could be a tricky decision for Jose Mourinho.
A few years ago, with the likes of Scholes, Giggs and even Neville himself, selecting a new captain would’ve been a doddle, but if Rooney does leave in the summer, the armband’s next destination remains unclear.
During a Twitter Q&A earlier today, Neville was asked who he’d select, and after plumping for de Gea, he was instantly met with derision:
@GNev2 Herrera ??
— Paddy (@UnitedRise) April 26, 2017
@GNev2 Oh c'mon…
Herrera deserves it more than De Gea
The guy applies for transfer request to RMA every fuckin window..Done with his shit.
— Aaryan Parmar (@Aaryan_ManUtd) April 26, 2017
@GNev2 Come on Gary. He's off to Madrid!
— Nick Valerio (@NickValerio) April 26, 2017
@GNev2 ??? you must be joking
— SJB (@Ste_Bolton) April 26, 2017
@GNev2 Someone who wants to leave? Odd choice there, Gary. No leadership at all.
— Sam (@KanteWest_) April 26, 2017
@GNev2 Hes leaving you Gary.
— Nick Eltringham (@nick_elt) April 26, 2017
@GNev2 I'm not sure the Real Madrid goalie can captain Man Utd.
— reckless monkey ? (@loftymonkey) April 26, 2017
@GNev2 Think you spelt *Herrera wrong mate ?
— ??BRADERS1999?? (@braderskick1999) April 26, 2017
Of course, as recently as today, David de Gea has once again been strongly linked with a return to his native Spain with Real Madrid – a move the goalkeeper doesn’t seem entirely against.
So what do you make of Neville’s suggestion? Could handing de Gea the extra responsibility perhaps keep him at Old Trafford?