Man United legend claims Smalling or Jones could be captain

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has claimed that new manager Louis van Gaal could name either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling the Red Devils’ captain next season, Daily Star reports.

The Welshman took over David Moyes as caretaker manager towards the end of last season and suggests that several of United’s younger players could thrive if named captain.

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It was expected that either one of Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney was to be named as Man United’s skipper, but it seems Van Gaal is still considering the alternatives.

“It always matters who the captain is,” Giggs said.

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

“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.

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

“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.”

Big things are expected of Jones, Smalling, and Evans in the United defence, especially if Van Gaal does not purchase another centre-back this summer.