Manchester United lost many legends both on and off the pitch this summer, and amongst those were three or four potential suitors for the next captaincy role, too. Those included the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and the evergreen Ryan Giggs. Now Louis van Gaal has a tough decision to make.
In his last press conference, Van Gaal said he needs three or four weeks to decide on his new captain, so we’ve decided to have a look at a few potential candidates.
Robin van Persie
Perhaps the obvious choice and no doubt the favourite for the armband. Louis van Gaal made Van Persie the Netherlands captain when he took over as the Dutch boss, and the pair have a very special relationship. They’re good friends outside of football, and Louis van Gaal will know exactly how suitable Van Persie is for the role.
Wayne Rooney could potentially be named England and Manchester United captain before the new season begins. He’s currently favourite for the England job, and he was heavy favourite for the United armband until Louis van Gaal was named boss. There is no doubt that Rooney is a leader on the pitch, but sometimes his off-field antics let him down. He’d be a good candidate for the role.
He’s been at the heart of the United midfield since his arrival in 2006. With big name departures, he is one of the few senior players left at the club, and although he has a quiet personality he’d be an excellent captain. With him suffering an injury that could see him out for three months, this hinders his chances of getting the armband on a permanent basis.
David de Gea
As we all know the goalkeeper had a shaky start to his Manchester United career. Ever since then he has gone from strength-to-strength. Now 24, De Gea is the first name on the Manchester United team sheet and some of the saves he made last year were incredible. A real leader from the back.
Phil Jones has all the makings of a Manchester United captain in the future. He’s just 22 at the moment and has a terrible injury record, which probably just about rules him out of the job on a full-time basis. On the pitch though, there are few who put as much effort and energy into their performances.
As a short-term candidate for the job there aren’t many better than Fletcher. He gets United, and epitomises everything the club stands for. Before his illness Fletcher was a key figure in United’s midfield, but there are question marks as to whether he’ll ever be as good as he was after facing so long on the sidelines.
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