Louis van Gaal is thinking about delaying the announcement of a new Manchester United captain until Michael Carrick returns from injury, reports The Daily Mail.
Carrick suffered a serious ankle injury during Manchester United's pre-season training and is expected to be out for 12 weeks. Van Gaal, who is working with his players in America ahead of the new season called in a major blow in his first press conference as United manager.
The armband at Old Trafford has been high on the agenda for Manchester United fans, who are keen to see who Van Gaal will chose as the next captain following Nemanja Vidic's departure. However, the Dutchman is now ready to put plans of an announcement on ice until Carrick returns.
Carrick, 32, was high on Van Gaal's shortlist for potential captains and it seems manager is keen to make sure the midfielder gets a fair shot at proving himself before a decision is made. Both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are also believed to be candidates.
Van Gaal will need to have a captain for Manchester United's opening Premier League games, but the manager is considering the possibility of naming a temporary captain until Carrick returns.
Van Persie & Rooney
Rooney seems the natural choice for Van Gaal and it is reported that the striker is keen to take the responsibility on his shoulders. However, Van Persie, who was Van Gaal's captain whilst he was in charge of Holland's national team, could come into the frame due to their strong relationship.
Van Persie has only been at Manchester United for two seasons compared to Rooney's nine. The Dutchman, therefore, remains a second choice for many of the Old Trafford faithful.