Wayne Rooney is the “obvious choice” for new Manchester United captain, according to Old Trafford legend Peter Schmeichel.
There has been a bit of debate over who should wear the armband next for the Red Devils after this summer saw the departure of all the obvious candidates from the club.
Nemanja Vidic was skipper before joining Inter Milan on a free transfer and Patrice Evra was his deputy but has also moved to Serie A with champions Juventus. Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs were the two remaining senior players that one would expect to be candidates, but the centre-back was released and is now at QPR, while Giggs has hung up his playing boots to become one of Louis van Gaal’s assistants.
Manchester United’s new manager has been going with a number of players in the club’s preseason tour of the US; Rooney joined Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley in wearing the armband for a series of matches that saw them lift the International Champions Cup.
Perhaps what was telling was that Van Gaal opted for Rooney in the final of the friendly tournament against Premier League rivals Liverpool and Schmeichel certainly believes the England striker has the requisite attributes to make him ideal for the job.
“What I really like about Rooney is his attitude towards playing for United,” the former goalkeeper told Sky Sports.
"Wherever the manager tells him to play he will do that with a smile on his face. He realises his importance to the team and if he has to play in midfield, it's for the team. You get that with experience and matureness.
"So I think he's the obvious choice for the captaincy."
Rooney is in his tenth year as a Manchester United player and has been a key member of every squad since he joined from Everton, so it would make sense if he was picked by Van Gaal to be skipper.
However, the former Netherlands manager has said that he believes the captain of his sides should have the same vision as him on the pitch, which has made Robin van Persie one of the favourites to take up the role.
Van Gaal favourite?
Formerly captain at Arsenal, Van Persie has only been at Old Trafford for two full seasons but is already the main man up front for them. Another thing in his favour is that he and Van Gaal have a very good relationship and he was the Holland captain while the former Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona coach was in charge.
Schmeichel captained Manchester United numerous times during the eight years he was there during reign of Sir Alex Ferguson. ‘The Great Dane’ is widely regarded as the greatest goalkeeper to have played in the Premier League, winning five league titles, three FA Cups, one league cup and one Champions League during his time at Old Trafford.