This player should be United captain instead of Rooney, says Collymore

David De Gea Spain

Stan Collymore believes Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is a more worthy captain than Wayne Rooney.

Liverpool and Aston Villa legend, Collymore, believes Louis van Gaal made the wrong decision in making Wayne Rooney United's club captain, and says that Spanish goalkeeper De Gea would have been a better choice.

The United and England number ten was given a straight red card in the 2-1 win over West Ham last weekend after he rashly kicked out at Stewart Downing, which lead many to call his captaincy into question.

The 28-year-old was given the armband of both club and country over the summer, but Collymore believes his chequered past means he's not the model professional that should be leading both teams forward.

Collymore told the Bleacher Report: “I don’t think Wayne Rooney, or his representation, have represented the best of Manchester United, for the last four or five years."

“For me [my captain would be] a David De Gea, you very rarely hear anything from him, other than being a very good goalkeeper. But maybe Daley Blind could grow into that role.”

The talkSPORT pundit's belief that the Spaniard would be a more suitable captain is a surprise considering he's only 23-years-old and still has a lot of developing to do in his position.

On the other hand, De Gea has been United's most consistent player during the past two seasons, and he has proven himself to be one of the Premier League's finest goalkeepers after a shaky start to life at Old Trafford.

The last goalkeeper to captain United was Edwin van der Sar on his farewell match against Blackpool 2011. Before the Dutchman it was the legendary Peter Schmeichel, who captained the club to Champions League glory in 1999 in the absence of Roy Keane. 

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