Louis van Gaal has been tipped to name Robin van Persie as his Manchester United captain moving forward, despite the fact that there are a number of candidates to be considered.
According to the Daily Mail, United legend Bryan Robson believes that the Dutchman will become the Red Devils’ next skipper, with Van Gaal facing one of the biggest decisions he has to make before the start of the new season. Under former boss David Moyes it had reportedly been agreed that Wayne Rooney would be handed the armband, following his ten years leal service, but Robson thinks the new United manager will go down a different route.
Robson on Van Persie
“Robin was his captain of Holland, so that is an obvious one,” Robson, who himself captained United during his 13 year stint with the club, said.
“I would be really surprised if he didn't give Robin it.”
Of course the 57-year-old’s opinion carries some weight when it’s considered that he’s currently acting as a global ambassador for United, and it’s fair to say that a large portion of the club’s followers are now expecting Van Persie to be made captain due to his strong relationship with Van Gaal.
The pair have a genuine player-to-manager connection, as evidenced by the celebrations between the two when the 30-year-old found the net at the World Cup, and in appointing Van Persie, Van Gaal would be ensuring that someone he knows and trusts is tasked with bearing the brunt of the responsibility at an incredibly important time for the team.
As is going to be the case no matter who Van Gaal installs as his leader moving forward, there’s sure to be a certain degree of criticism from fans who don’t agree with the decision. This could be particularly evident if Rooney isn’t made skipper, such is his god-like status within the stands, and some may question Van Persie’s appointment due to the fact that he’s only been at Old Trafford for two years.
Whilst the Dutchman is experienced at the highest level, and has previously proved himself competent in such a role during his time with Arsenal, there are other candidates who have spent far longer at the club, and would arguably have plenty more years service to offer due to their younger age.
Importance of making the right choice
Now more than ever before United need a natural born leader for players to look to on the pitch. Last term’s deficiencies may have been eagerly swept under the carpet by anyone associated with the club, but the doubts will continue to linger until results are put right.
Having lost Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, with Patrice Evra too expected to depart in the coming days, Van Gaal is bereft of top-level experience, and so his decision regarding the captain moving forward is one he simply cannot afford to get wrong.
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