With the uncertainty of Gary Neville’s future (yet to sign a new contract) who do you think should be the next captain of Manchester United?
The obvious candidates are:
- Ryan Giggs
- Rio Ferdinand
- Patrice Evra
- Wayne Rooney
Whilst Gary Neville has been out injured Giggs has taken over the captaincy role. In terms of seniority Giggs is without doubt the next in line to be the permanent United skipper. However, next season is likely to be Giggs’ final season, how many games will he play… it’s unlikely he’ll play every weekend. Do we want a regular captain to lead out the team on a weekly basis or are we happy to rotate the captaincy as we do now?
Without Neville or Giggs in the team Ferdinand takes over the captaincy role. A fit Rio would be my personal choice for next captain. However, there are lingering worries about the fitness of Ferdinand; we’re all aware Ferdinand has missed large chunks of this season through a back injury. A back problem is not like any normal injury, it can flare up any time and Ferdinand will have to play through pain and injury for the remainder of his career. Again, it depends on whether you feel a regular captain is a necessary or you’re happy to rotate the captaincy?
The obvious candidates for a permanent captain are Evra and Rooney. Both have virtually played in every game this season. Evra was indeed captain for the game against Aston Villa in the Carling Cup final victory. Rooney will perhaps be many people’s preferred choice, but should we lay the added pressure on Rooney or should we let him concentrate solely on his football?
What about others? Darren Fletcher?
Or perhaps you do not consider the captaincy role important? The role of football captain is nowhere near as important as a cricket captain. Is a football captain only required to toss a coin to decide which goal they attack for the first half?
Please vote in poll 🙂