Paul Scholes says that Rooney should be given the armband – but he expects it to go to van Persie.
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Manchester United legend and former midfielder Paul Scholes has spoken out on the club’s captaincy situation, with the Daily Star reporting that Scholes has suggested that the armband should be given to Wayne Rooney, as opposed to his likely strike partner Robin van Persie.
With Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand all having left the club this summer, there is no obvious candidate for new manager Louis van Gaal to install as his skipper, a situation that is lamented by Scholes:
“Look at Chelsea and John Terry stands out a mile. Look at Liverpool and Steven Gerrard stands out a mile. There isn’t really an obvious candidate for Manchester United or England.”
Van Gaal, however, is known to be close to van Persie and was willing to entrust the former Arsenal striker with the captaincy for the Netherlands’ FIFA World Cup campaign under the former Bayern Munich boss.
Rooney, meanwhile, has captained both club and country on occasion, but is yet to be given the full time role for either United or England – although he is in the running for both vacant positions this summer.
Scholes, believes that van Gaal is likely to give the job to van Persie, despite the fact that the former midfielder himself would like to see Rooney given the opportunity:
“I’d like to see Wayne given that chance. Possibly I think he might get it for England, but I think Van Gaal might go for Robin.”