Wayne Rooney is a living Manchester United legend, a leader and a fighter for the team, but should the club already start looking for potential replacements?
The striker has had a disappointing 2015, and if he doesn't improve performance-wise, he could find himself out of the starting XI on a regular basis sooner rather than later.
If that should happen, Man United should have some replacements lined up to take his place as captain in the long-term, and this article takes you through three potential candidates - with two very arguable, but reasonable choices.
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3. Ander Herrera
This is probably shocking to everyone reading, but I want you, the readers, to think of players currently playing for Manchester United who show desire and the pride for the club with every performance. If Ander Herrera doesn't come to mind, you must be watching a different game.
Always communicating with fellow players on the pitch and working hard for the team non-stop, the only thing stopping Herrera from becoming club captain is the baby smile he possesses.
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Herrera is confident and despite lacking some obvious leadership attributes, you always see him directing and encouraging his teammates on the pitch.
2. Phil Jones
This might come as a surprise, but the 23-year-old centre-back has great potential in him, but his progress has been halted by regular injuries in the last few years.
Phil Jones fights for his team and tries to make every inch of his actions count for his side. Reminds of a certain John Terry, although he could work on his leadership. Would have been a regular starter for United had injuries not hit him so constantly.
He was brought to Man United with a huge potential and touted as a future captain at the club. Jones also had a couple of years working under the stewardship of one of the greatest partnerships at Old Trafford - Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, therefore should have learned a thing or two from the duo during that time.
1. Chris Smalling
The rise of Chris Smalling this season has made many compare him to Rio Ferdinand, perhaps without the ability to play the ball on the ground, even though he constantly tries, and unfortunately, often fails.
After being deemed by many as not good enough for a club of Man United's magnitude, Smalling has shut the doubters down with his consistent performances so far this season and have arguably turned him into United's best player, along with David de Gea.
United are currently relying on him to stay fit as no one else in the squad is currently capable of replacing him. Quick on his feet, he rarely loses the opposition striker trying to outpace him - making him a nearly perfect all-round centre-back.
His rise this year demonstrates the mentality and ambition he possesses and having already deputised in Rooney's absence this season it might just be a matter of time before he's named new club captain.
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