The Guardian

Jonny Evans has emerged as one of the leading contenders to become the new captain of Manchester United after the departure of Nemanja Vidic.

Louis van Gaal has yet to appoint a permanent skipper, choosing to rotate the armband in pre-season, but has been impressed by Evans and considers the defender a contender to assume the position.

Sunderland are confident they will be able to retain the services of striker Connor Wickham. The England under-21 international’s future is in doubt, but Gus Poyet expects him to sign a new deal.

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