Rio Ferdinand will find out on Tuesday night whether he is to become Manchester United's next captain.
It had always been assumed when Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs finally ended their stellar careers, Ferdinand would inherit the coveted armband. Yet, even though Neville and Giggs still have plenty to contribute, Sir Alex Ferguson has decided he needs a regular on-pitch leader and has decided to pass on the armband.
"Over the last two or three years we have had to pass the baton along the line a few times," said Ferguson. "We have not had a consistent captain. With all due respect to Gary Neville, he knows and I know, we don't play him every week and I am looking for someone who does."
Nemanja Vidic has done the job so far this season and looked quite impressive in the role.
But with Ferdinand ready to return after recovering from the knee injury that wrecked his World Cup, Ferguson has a decision to make ahead of the Champions League clash with Scottish champions Rangers.
If Ferdinand did miss out it would be a major blow at a time when his credentials as England skipper are also in question following the outstanding manner Steven Gerrard has led the Three Lions over the past few months.
Vidic's fitness has been far more reliable and he also has the experience of skippering the Serbian national team. Not that Ferguson is giving much away.
"Do you complicate things on purpose?" he laughed, when asked whether Ferdinand or Vidic was going to get the job.
"No comment. I haven't even discussed it."
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