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Wayne Rooney should replace Vidic as Manchester United captain

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Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic is no longer able to play week-in, week-out for the Premier League champions.

The Serbian is in the same boat as Rio Ferdinand. They have both struggled with niggling injuries in recent years, simply due to the fact that they are in their 30s.

Vidic, 32, featured in just 23 games last season, compared to Patrice Evra's 42 and Robin van Persie's 48.

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had to keep chopping and changing his captain - with Evra, Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs just some of the players who wore the armband last season.

The fact that Manchester United have not had a steady captain for the last couple of seasons is worrying and leaves David Moyes with no choice but to address the problem.

The next in line for the armband would be Evra, but his long-term future at Old Trafford looks far from secure - given the fact that it seems as though he could be on his way out of Manchester United next summer.

With Ferdinand also out of contract at the end of the season and unable to feature in a majority of the Premier League champions' matches - there is only one real candidate for the armband and that is Wayne Rooney.

The Manchester United forward has put this summer's events behind him to knuckle back down into life at Old Trafford. 

Rooney, who captained Manchester United in their Capital One Cup win over Liverpool, looks as committed as ever and seems to be happy plying his trade under Moyes. 

Handing Rooney the armband would give Manchester United a sense of stability as he is one of the first names on Moyes' teamsheet. 

It would also give Rooney another reason to sign the £250,000-a-week deal Manchester United are reportedly preparing to offer their star forward. 

Moyes said at the beginning of November on Rooney: "Wayne has always had an ability to be a captain. He’s got a love of football which is the biggest thing – he loves the game, he loves the ball and kicking it around, it’s natural to him. If you’ve got that, then leadership will follow.

"And in his own way he leads by example in what he tries to do. In the future, yeah, I think he could be a skipper here."

Moyes should appoint Rooney as his new captain sooner rather than later. 

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