Manchester United Football Club have had some excellent captains over the years. The role is not always given to the most talented player on the field, but the one who leads by example. The prime example of this has to be Roy Keane, who wore the armband with pride and did an outstanding job.
The armband could well be on the move in the off-season, as our current captain Wayne Rooney doesn’t seem to be a regular in the starting line-up. He may even move away from Old Trafford on a permanent basis.
Jose Mourinho will be weighing up potential suitors for the job, and one man, in my opinion, should be considered is Ander Herrera. This season he has been superb, he always gives absolutely everything for the cause and his passion always shines through.
Now, the lovable Basque-born midfielder has been asked about whether he sees himself as a future Manchester United captain, and the former Atletico Madrid man has played down his chances.
“The thing is that Michael Carrick ends his contract and I do not know what will happen with his future,” Herrera told Onda Cero. “Rooney, it’s unknown if he will continue or not.
“It has been a surprise. I am very grateful that people value me like this but I don’t think it is something that is going to happen soon. Being captain of Manchester United are big words. Look at the captains that this club have had. I am flattered and grateful but it is necessary to respect the time and the number of games.”
“Furthermore, as at Madrid and Barcelona the captains are Spanish, it’s also logical that there is an English captain. I am grateful that people see me like that but I’d rather not think about it much.”
Honestly, I don’t care whether the captain is English or not. We’ve had some great captains who haven’t been from the United Kingdom; just look at Nemanja Vidic. He was a brilliant candidate for the role and did it excellently.
Right now, I cannot think of anyone better than Herrera. My only other alternative would probably be Antonio Valencia as he has been superb for this football club. If either of these guys got it I’d be over the moon, but we’ll just see where Mourinho goes with this one. He may have a trick up his sleeve…