By Mark Weasley
Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney has finally left the club after 13 years of meritorious service to the Old Trafford outfit. The 31-year-old England and former club captain has rejoined boyhood club, Everton on a 2-year deal, and has left a huge void to be filled in the United dressing room. Rooney was appointed club captain in 2014, after the retirement of Ryan Giggs, and wore the armband with distinction since that time.
The aggression of youth has been replaced by a calmness that shows that he has matured from that player who used to laugh at referees earlier in his career. We take a look at players that can become the club’s next captain and represent the club by being responsible both on and off the pitch.
1. Ander Herrera
I had a feeling Herrera would be the first to say goodbye…kinda stuff a captain leads with ?
— Seán McGrinder (@sean1to9) July 9, 2017
The 27-year-old Spaniard has warmed his way into the hearts of his manager and fans alike with his attitude and determination. He was exceptional last season and is now being mentioned as a future captain after a series of inspirational performances most notably a 2-0 victory over eventual league champions, Chelsea in April.
2. David de Gea
No United player has been more consistent in the past 4 years than the Spanish shot-stopper. De Gea has been subject of a long term interest from Real Madrid, but it would be that giving him the captaincy may be a stroke of genius to tie him down and elevate him alongside the ranks of Steve Bruce, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs.
3. Michael Carrick
The 35-year-old club veteran had his testimonial earlier in the summer and has signed a contract extension. However, Jose Mourinho might want a player as captain who is a firm fixture in the first team, but with Carrick’s experience, he might be needed to guide the upcoming ones as majority at the club don’t have title winning experience.
4. Juan Mata
The Spaniard has mended fences with Jose Mourinho after the pair fell out spectacularly at Chelsea but the manager has become impressed with the player’s attitude, willingness to put in a hard shift and running. He was fantastic last season as the club won three trophies.