With the world’s media hanging from every word spoken by new Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal, most questioned were answered in full and frank detail by the confident Dutch man.
Whilst elaborating on the thought provoking ones questions, the former Ajax and Bayern Munich head honcho made it clear he is yet to decide who the next United captain will be.
When asked who he has in mind for the role, Van Gaal said: “All the players are potential candidates for the captaincy.
”It’s very important for me, so I will need time to decide.”
With that in mind, The Peoples Person’s Nathon Woodhead decided to take a look at five potential candidates for the captaincy.
Robin Van Persie
Van Persie is favourite to take on the senior role as he was Van Gaal’s captain whilst manager of Holland. As recently as two weeks ago, Van Gaal and Van Persie were a very successful manager/captain combination, so why wouldn’t it work at club level too?
Van Persie is a consummate professional and passionate leader, a player the younger generation would look up to.
Rooney was the clear favourite to take over as permanent captain during the David Moyes era. Persuaded to stay at the club with guarantees of being the first choice striker, future captain and of course, that bumper £300k per week contract.
Since the arrival of Van Gaal, Rooney is no longer certain of a starting place and after public outbursts against United in the past, he might not be the right candidate for the role but nonetheless, he remains an integral part of the clubs marketing strategy as well as on field success.
Brought through the youth ranks and United through and through, Evans has done little to suggest he is anything other than a United captain in the making. Although seen as the future of the club by some, Evans doesn’t quite possess the same qualities as a Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic, but on his day can be as solid as a rock.
Under the right guidance, Evans could turn into a fantastic player and leader. That said, he could as easily find himself surplus to requirements if Van Gaal were to bring Mats Hummels to Old Trafford.
An ever present in the United side over the past five seasons, perhaps by default because there were no other options of real quality in the centre of the park – or perhaps he is that good.
Carrick is an experienced and professional player who doesn’t say too much, but when he speaks the rest listen. The playmaker will always lead by example offering 100% commitment every week, with minimal fuss on and off of the pitch.
If ever the England international needed to step up his game, it is now. Brought to Old Trafford with promise of being not only the future United captain, but a future England captain.
Injuries and positional changes have led to a disrupted career for the former Blackburn man but if he can cement a position in the heart of the United back line, find some form and remain fit, he stands a chance of receiving the armband as he does possess the fighting spirit every great United captain has had.
….. a long shot: Patrice Evra
With rumours circulating that the change of manager at Juventus has put Evra off of a move to Italy, perhaps the great man will give the Old Trafford one more season? Personifies everything great about the club.