After Nemanja Vidic signed a contract with Inter Milan during a dreadful campaign at Old Trafford, questions have been asked over who should replace him as captain of United. Being the captain of Manchester United is a very important job and requires a lot of responsibility from the leader. In this article, we discuss some potential candidates for the captaincy role for when Vidic parts with the club.
Phil Jones is definitely a great long term choice for the captaincy role at United. He has been tipped by Sir Alex Ferguson to be ‘ The greatest Manchester United player ever.’ Not only this, he’s also been backed to lead the England national side in the years to come. For Phil Jones to become a real candidate for the vacancy, in terms if the near future, he must be a regular in the starting line-up and cement his position at centre-back.
Without a doubt, Fletcher certainly has all of the required attributes to be a great captain for us. He currently leads out the Scotland national team, so he already has plenty of experience as a captain. He has been very vocal since his recovery, during our recent struggles, blaming the poor season form on the players and not the manager. This shows that Darren certainly isn’t afraid to speak up. As well as this, he also has been a regular in the first team since he successfully battled ulcerative colitis; this means that we should have a consistent leader on the pitch, unless Marouane Fellaini lives up to his name in a red shirt.
David De Gea
Since De Gea’s shaky start at United, he has developed and established himself as a world class goalkeeper, becoming pivotal in United’s recent successes. He has grown significantly in terms of confidence, meaning he has become a lot more vocal on and off the pitch. At only 23, he still has plenty of time to blossom and get even better as a goalkeeper. David has had experience in the captaincy role, at the ridiculously good Spanish under-21 national team. If De Gea was to take on the role of the captain, he would replicate what Peter Schmeichel did years ago, in wearing the captains armband and playing between the sticks at the same time for United.
Jonny Evans has grown into a brilliant and more importantly consistent defender for us in the last couple of seasons. He has mostly been partnered with Ferdinand and Vidic, meaning he would’ve gained skill from playing alongside with them both; it’s amazing to think that he could be doing the same with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. Evans certainly has some mental stability, after he overcame some rough patches whilst at United during his younger years. At 26 years of age, he’d be leading the United side at the leak of his career.
One of the few good things about Moyes’ reign at United, was the revival of Wayne Rooney. Rooney has recently signed a new long-term deal, meaning that he will be here in the years to come. As Rooney has committed his future to United, there are no doubts over whether Rooney wants to stay or not, meaning that he could become captain for us in the summer. At 28 years old, Wayne will lead us in the prime of his career, with at least another another 5 years or so of his brilliant goal-scoring at the top level. Although he may not be the most popular choice amongst the fans, after wanting to go to Chelsea and Manchester City, he is certainly settled at United. He also deserves credit for regaining his form this season, after being bombarded by the media in recent times. In my opinion, Wayne Rooney seems like the most obvious candidate for the vacancy.
Robin van Persie
With Louis van Gaal’s arrival at United seeming imminent, Robin van Persie has been backed to be the next captain. He holds a strong relationship with van Gaal, who is the current manager of the Netherlands, van Persie’s national side. People are saying that van Persie has only been at the club for 2 years, and doesn’t seem like a leader. Who knows who will be captain, especially if van Gaal takes over as manager.
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