Giggs: Manchester United’s next captain could be Jones, Evans or Smalling

by Sam Peoples

Ryan Giggs feels Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling all have what it takes to become Manchester United’s new captain.

The departures of a number of experienced players such as Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra this summer has left United without a club captain as a new era dawns as Old Trafford.

The two main contenders for the armband are Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, both of whom have captained their countries but assistant manager Giggs insists the decision will not be rushed though, as Louis van Gaal wants to get to know the players.

“It’s one of the things we discussed first when I met Louis. Obviously, with the leaving of the experienced players, it’s one of the decisions we are prioritising,” Giggs said.

“The decision hasn’t been made yet. Louis is still getting to know the players. He’s still trying to see their qualities.

“It always matters who the captain is. It’s a tremendous honour. Not many people get to captain Manchester United, so whoever it will be, it will be a tremendous honour.

“The likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans, maybe a player like that will thrive from it, take charge and come out of their shell.”

Rooney is thought to be especially keen to become United captain and has certainly demonstrated some leadership qualities during his time at Old Trafford, taking the armband when his senior team-mates were unavailable.

Van Persie was Arsenal’s club captain in 2011/12 before joining United in August 2012 and also captained Holland to a third place finish in this year’s World Cup.

Should van Gaal appoint someone other than one of the two main strikers it would be a surprise, but it may signal his intent to build for the future around a core of youngsters.

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