Manchester United: Five captain contenders

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Manchester United's captain Nemanja Vidic has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent time

And with the Serbian out of contract at the Theatre of Dreams at the end of the season, David Moyes may have to start thinking about just who he will be making his next leader. 

The Red Devils have had many great captains in the past, with the likes of Roy Keane and Gary Neville enjoying great success with the Premier League giants. 

But with Vidic seemingly on his way out, who will step up and replace him?

Let's look at five contenders: 

5. David de Gea

David de Gea only makes No.5 on this list as he may not be seen as the most natural of leaders. 

However, as he's developed in confidence between the sticks at Old Trafford, he's vocally improved and is now marshalling the defence, then perhaps given time, he will become a suitable leader. 

David Moyes will certainly be aware of the Spanish star's talents and knows that one day he will be one of the best goalkeepers in the world. 

It would certainly make it an easier task keeping the star at Manchester United if he was made captain. 

But maybe that is for the future.

4. Jonny Evans 

Jonny Evans, at 25, is now a fairly experienced defender at Old Trafford.

And, in the next couple of years, he may well be reaching his prime, so perhaps he could be the man to replace Nemanja Vidic at the heart of United's back-four as well as captain. 

Evans is a great organiser and Moyes could do worse than appoint him as captain. The defender just has to make sure he becomes a main stay in the team. 

3. Robin van Persie

Despite only being at Old Trafford just over a year, Robin van Persie can't be ruled out as a contender for the Manchester United captaincy. 

The flying Dutchman certainly is captain material, having previously led the Gunners and he is the current Dutch captain. 

However at 30-years-old, Moyes may want a longer term captain, meaning Van Persie may be overlooked.

2. Phil Jones

Phil Jones is certainly a long term option for captaincy at the Theatre of Dreams.

The Manchester United defender looks set for a great future at the club and has been tipped by many to one day lead the Red Devils and the England national side. 

Jones will have to completely cement himself in the defence at Old Trafford and then Moyes may consider him a viable option. 

1. Wayne Rooney 

Wayne Rooney is the standout choice as the next Manchester United captain. The forward leads by example on the pitch and could well thrive as the main-man at Old Trafford. 

The 28-year-old is at the right age to take on the role and his experience can help United continue long term success. 

Of course, Rooney's long term future at the club must be sorted out first, but under Moyes he is thriving and could further succeed as United's skipper. 

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