Manchester United are expected to hit the transfer market hard this summer in search of the missing ingredients to a title-winning season.
But as well as that, it seems that they will also be looking into candidates for their next captain. With Wayne Rooney likely to move on and question marks hanging over the future of veteran midfielder Michael Carrick, there is no real stand out replacements ready to take the armband.
One player who has been linked with the upcoming vacancy is Spanish midfielder, Ander Herrera. The 27-year-old's influence in the middle of the park this season has impressed both the fans and Jose Mourinho, with those in the stands calling for him to be installed as their next skipper.
Herrera has admitted that he is aware of the calls for him to represent the club, and despite being flattered he seems to have distanced himself from taking it on.
So far, Mourinho has appointed his captains based on longevity rather than merit, meaning the likes of Chris Smalling, Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young have all led the team out instead of Herrera or the iconic Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
And that is fine by the Bilbao-born maestro, even though his chances had been supported by man-of-the-match performances against the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks.
"The thing is that Michael Carrick ends his contract and I do not know what will happen with his future," he told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
"Rooney, it’s unknown if he will continue or not.
"It has been a surprise. I am very grateful that people value me like this but I don’t think it is something that is going to happen soon. Being captain of Manchester United are big words. Look at the captains that this club have had. I am flattered and grateful but it is necessary to respect the time and the number of games."
And while he didn't name a direct replacement for Rooney, he did suggest that the next skipper should have one quality in particular.
"Furthermore, as at Madrid and Barcelona the captains are Spanish, it’s also logical that there is an English captain. I am grateful that people see me like that but I’d rather not think about it much."
By that logic, that would mean that either Chris Smalling or Phil Jones would be the strongest candidates, though their respective injury records in recent seasons would suggest that they wouldn't be the most absent captain the club needs.
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