Darren Bent questions Cristiano Ronaldo’s captaincy credentials

Former Premier League striker Darren Bent has been discussing the captaincy role at Manchester United.

It is believed that new manager Erik ten Hag will allow the dressing room to choose the next captain, with a vote deciding who the team’s leader is going to be. That’s according to The Sun, who say that David de Gea has emerged as the favourite to take the armband from Harry Maguire.

Maguire became club captain under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but his form has worsened and there is a genuine fear that he will be removed of captaincy responsibilities next season. And it remains to be seen whether the England international can find a way into Ten Hag’s plans moving forward.

Many fans would argue the writing has been on the wall for Maguire.

Footballer turned talkSPORT presenter, Darren Bent, has suggested that De Gea should be the next captain at United — instead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bent said (via Manchester Evening News): “My thing with Ronaldo is, we know he’s a leader, but he tried to lead this season and not many of the players followed him. Some of them went the other way.

“None of them improved, none of them wanted to follow the example that he set and he’s one of the greats, but there were times when people didn’t pass the ball to him and he’d turn his back on them and throw his arms up in the air. That’s not a captain.

“He was a captain this season without having the armband. For me, David de Gea would be my captain.”

Footage courtesy of talkSPORT

You’d struggle to not laugh at Bent’s comments when you look at Ronaldo’s record as captain for Portugal. Fernando Santos recently made it clear how important it’s been to have the best player in the world as their captain.

Bent speaks as if Ronaldo was captain this season – but that wasn’t the case.

A lot of United’s problems in the dressing room this season stemmed from the fact so many players gave up because they knew their contracts would be expiring in the summer. It was clear that a number of them didn’t care about qualifying for the Champions League and Ten Hag can’t let that happen again.

Let us know what you think of Bent’s assessment in the comment section below.

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  1. People who didn’t achieved during their playing days always have a lot of negative stuffs to say about someone as special as CR7 , this England people are always Bais everytime , you won’t speak bad about Maguire because he shares same citizenship with u, Bent what did you won during your playing days ?????

    1. Don’t dare call ronaldo’s the goat, because he does not deserve it messi is the official goat, messi has scored five for argentina whilst ronaldo has not, afterrall bent words were true,ronaldo is not fit to be called a leader because of his bullshit- attitude.
      Ronaldo is an imbalance.

      1. Comment Dropped by a Messi fan

        Not actually trying to make a point but just to make it clear that CR7 ain’t the Goat.. u ain’t convincing nobody..
        He’s always the best @CR7

  2. Bent, you and English media you are paid to talk whatever you want .so we are used of your negative opinion about the G.O.A.T

  3. Bent, you are talking about the captain who helped Portugal in every international tournament. Show me your EUROS medal 🏅 😉 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️. Sometimes you need to respect that guy.

  4. Yo, hold your trophy less horse , same goes for Jamie Carragher . Shooting off big mouths . To give it straight …Just pure jealousy .

  5. It is annoying and displeasing that BENT can speak about Ronaldo (The best player of all time). I see it as pure jealousy from the angle of his arguments as people like that are always impavious to correction. I don’t want to delve into it as such but I believe with or without captaincy for Cr7, he will always deliver. He doesn’t care about it.

  6. It is always funny to hear Ronaldo fans calling him the goat. He is a great goalscorer, but when you call him goat, you loose a lot of credibility.

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