With Wayne Rooney’s Old Trafford career seemingly coming to an end, Jose Mourinho will likely have to select a new captain for the 2017/18 campaign.
Indeed, although nobody can doubt the England skipper’s servitude to the club, he’s simply not the top-class force he was under Sir Alex Ferguson and has barely featured during the second half of the season, overtaken by the likes of Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford in the pecking order.
Who deserves to take the armband is certainly an interesting debate. Chris Smalling often served as match-day captain under Louis van Gaal, whilst Michael Carrick will be the most experienced member of Mourinho’s squad by quite some distance should he stay on next season.
But FootballFanCast’s Manchester United readers want to see a different player get the nod to lead the dressing room next season – feisty midfielder Ander Herrera. Indeed, according to our poll, a staggering 93% want the Spain international to be United’s next captain.
Herrera’s enjoying a fantastic season, scoring twice across all competitions whilst transforming himself from a passive playmaker into a ball-winning warrior, epitomising the Mourinho ethos. That change in approach has lead to two red cards, but clearly won over the United faithful.