Calls Grow for Ronaldo to Captain Man Utd As Concerns Mount Over Harry Maguire's Form
According to the British press, a tussle is intensifying between Maguire and Ronaldo in United's dressing room over the issue of leadership.
Although manager Ralf Rangnick's opinion on the subject is unclear, Ronaldo's loyal fan base has come out in support of the idea to name him United's next skipper.
IAN LADYMAN: Man United need Ronaldo to lead but can he stomach it? https://t.co/qhQRFgUqIx via @MailSport CR7 needs the captaincy or United won't get top 4. Ronaldo has never lost a game as captain and he could be like Cantona for the young players at United.. to lead by example— Lostie07 (@Lostie07) January 2, 2022
IAN LADYMAN: Man United need Ronaldo to lead but can he stomach it?— Chris D (@Crisofiso) January 3, 2022
Absolutely yes, he has it 100 percent, he has more than what it takes to be captain, he has captained the most successful Portuguese national team so far for over a decade now, therefore I say yes.
"He left United after winning the Ballon d'Or, winning the Premier League and being a top player. He knew there would be questions asked of him and what he can bring, but he's a leader," Silvestre told the English media.
"He doesn't wear the armband, but he shows the way, and everything has been positive in what he's done," the ex-Red Devils centre-back added.
Silvestre's comments were given extra weight by Ian Ladyman - football editor of daily British newspaper, The Daily Mail - who said that the 36-year-old superstar's elevation to the top post could benefit the team.
"As Harry Maguire continues to struggle, Manchester United would probably benefit from a new captain and in an ideal world the leading candidate would be Cristiano Ronaldo," Ladyman wrote in his column for the publication.
"The 36-year-old is the club's best player. If he chose to lead others would follow," he concluded.