Manchester United legend Andy Cole has claimed Robin van Persie has not been at the club long enough to deserve the captains armband.
Van Persie is one of the favourites to succeed Nemanja Vidic as captain, especially after being appointed Holland captain by new United boss, Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman signed from rival club Arsenal in the summer of 2012, but Cole feels the striker hasn't played enough of a role in United's history to be awarded the captaincy.
Cole told The Express: "Robin has only been at the football club for 2 years.
"Some players have been there for 10 years, a part of Manchester United's history."
There is a feeling around Old Trafford that there is not a direct successor for the captaincy at the club, and Cole echoed that sentiment.
Cole said: "I don't know (who should be captain),"
"I mean I've played at United for years and we've always had a captain. We always knew who would be captain."
"Previously there has always been a leading candidate. But no one can 'right he is going to captain the team'."
Vidic's choice to depart for Italy has left United with no obvious replacement, though Van Persie is the current favourite due to his close relationship with Van Gaal.
The Dutch forward has performed increasingly well on international duty under Van Gaal and it may be due to the added responsibility that comes with the armband. The 30-year-old spent a year as Arsenal skipper and appeared to thrive under the pressure, scoring 30 goals in his final season at the club.
Aside from Van Persie, Wayne Rooney may be awarded the armband, having deputised on a number of occasions. Aside from the pre-mentioned two, there are very few other candidates at the club, but with a number of new signings expected and a host of young players at the club, pre-season may mark the perfect opportunity for a number of players to stake their claim to the captains armband in front of the new manager.
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