Nemanja Vidic has confirmed he will leave Manchester United on a free transfer in the summer and that means that David Moyes will have to choose a new club captain for next season.
Patrice Evra could taken up the reins on a permanent basis but his career at Old Trafford is coming to an end and he could also leave in the summer. We need to choose a long term replacecment but who is the best choice?
For me, Jonny Evans should be United’s new captain. Having worked his way up through the academy and a couple of seasons where fans were frustrated with his performances, Evans has transformed himself into a top class centre back.
At 26, he is at the start of what should be six years at his very best (pending injuries) and he is a natural leader. He is vocal, he knows how to organise the players around him. In reality, he has already been leading the defence vocally for a good period of time and it would be fitting for him to get the armband next season to complete his emergence as United’s first choice centre back.
Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher would also both make great captains, Fletcher especially, but we need a captain who is going to become an essential figure at the spine of our new look United for a long time. Neither player represents someone who will be a regular start for the next few years at United. Out of the pair, Fletcher would be the better choice.
Of course, inevitably it could be Wayne Rooney. Moyes’ charm offensive has got Rooney playing fantastic again but making him club captain would be a step too far.
Give him £300,000 a week if you want to use money to keep him at the club but we can’t give a player who tried to turn his back on us the captaincy surely? That’s like becoming best friends with the man you caught in bed with your wife because you found out he was a decent electrician who gave you mates rates, so you forgave him.
Another notable option would be Phil Jones who has been tipped to be captain for both his club and country in the future but right now isn’t the time for him to get that responsibility. Down the line in a few years time, he’d be an excellent candidate but Evans is the best choice out of the current squad we have.
Who do you think should be Manchester United’s new captain next year?