Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Louis van Gaal will appoint Robin van Persie as his new captain - but feels the armband should be handed to Wayne Rooney instead.
The Red Devils are currently without a permanent captain following Nemanja Vidic’s departure to Inter Milan this summer.
Both Rooney and Van Persie are believed to be the two leading candidates to take the armband, although United’s assistant manager Ryan Giggs hinted earlier this month that Van Gaal could make a surprise decision regarding the captaincy ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
Scholes: Van Persie will become captain
Despite Giggs’s comments that Van Gaal’s mind has not yet been made up, Scholes believes otherwise.
"I think he [Van Gaal] will give it [the captaincy] to Robin [Van Persie],” the retired midfielder was quoted as saying by the Daily Star. "He's had a lot of experience with him from Holland. He knows him well, knows him as a player, but personally I would probably go for Rooney.
"He's always struck me as the type who could be a captain and now is the perfect time to give him the responsibility I know he is capable of taking.”
Scholes trying to make the peace with Rooney?
Scholes controversially claimed, back in May, that Rooney may have reached his peak - and this could be another attempt to get back onside with the England international, who responded to his former teammate’s comments a month later.
Rooney called Scholes’s comments “strange” and added: "I don't agree with it, but he's probably the best player I've ever played with, so I'm not going to knock him as a player, but I don't agree with his point.
"I'm sure he has his reasons for it."
Scholes said this week that he doubts he will join Van Gaal’s coaching staff - perhaps his chances were diminished thanks to his controversial Paddy Power blog posts - and has recently agreed to become a pundit for both BT Sport and ITV Sport.
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Who deserves it more?
As for the captaincy, both Van Persie and Rooney would be sound choices for the vacancy.
Rooney has been at Old Trafford for almost 10 years now, is a popular member of the squad, leads by example and, as Scholes suggests, possesses leadership qualities.
Van Persie, meanwhile, previously captained Arsenal and was appointed skipper of the Netherlands national team by Van Gaal last year. He shares the Dutch coach’s philosophy and, like Rooney, is a world-class forward.
Who deserves the captaincy more: Van Persie or Rooney? Have your say in the comments section below.
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