As well as revamping the team and mentality at Manchester United, Louis van Gaal has also been tasked with the job of selecting a new club captain for this season.
United’s last captain, Nemanja Vidic, has departed to Inter Milan, while a former skipper, Rio Ferdinand, has moved on to QPR. The obvious choice to replace Vidic, Patrice Evra, has also left Old Trafford for Italian football with Juventus. Those three departures mean the next club captain isn’t as clear a choice as it would have been.
But van Gaal still has plenty of options to take over the captaincy, and further allowing for a progressive move. Though unlikely, we may even see the Dutch manager hand the armband to a younger figure in the squad, keeping in line with his history of placing responsibility and trust in youth.
With the new season less than two weeks away, here are five candidates who could be United’s next captain.
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