Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole believes Robin van Persie does not necessarily deserve to replace Nemanja Vidic as the new captain at Old Trafford, despite the Dutchman’s excellent relationship with new manager Louis van Gaal.
The Red Devils will appoint a new permeant captain in the near future, with Van Persie a contender to receive the armband. But Cole, who spent six years at Old Trafford before leaving in 2001, believes there could be members of the United squad who are more deserving of the captaincy.
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Speaking to Starsports, Cole commented: "I played at Man United for a numerous amount of years, and we've always had a captain, and we always knew who was going to be captain.
"You look at the Man United team right now and you turn around and say to yourself 'I don't know' (who will be captain).
"Robin has only been at the football club for two years, and you look at that and you say well theres players that have been there for 10 years."
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Van Gaal appointed Van Persie as the captain of the Netherlands national team last year and has not looked back since. The striker, who turns 31 next month, has been the model professional for the Oranje and will surely be in Van Gaal’s thinking with regards to the United captaincy when he arrived at Old Trafford after the World Cup.
Furthermore, Van Persie was handed the captaincy during his final season at Arsenal by Arsene Wenger. The Dutchman went on to enjoy his best-ever campaign with the Gunners, scoring 37 goals in 48 appearances, before stunning the north London outfit by forcing a shock move to Manchester United.
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Cole did not name names, but there are several other members of the United squad who appear to be in line for the captaincy. Wayne Rooney is the obvious choice. The England international has been at Old Trafford for almost a decade now and would relish the responsibility that comes with wearing the armband.
Veteran left-back Patrice Evra is also a candidate after putting pen-to-paper on a one-year contract extension, while Michael Carrick is a vastly-experienced midfielder, capable of leading this Manchester United team.