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Influential defender Nemanja Vidic has confirmed that he will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, we take a look at players that could replace him as captain...

Nemanja Vidic has decided to call it time on his eight year stay in England, confirming that he will move to another club abroad at the end of the season.

The Serbian international has been an instrumental part of Manchester United's success in recent years and is known to many as one of the best centre-backs in Premier League history.

A large part of what made Vidic so highly-regarded was his leadership skills and with him departing for pastures new, it leaves an armband without an arm.

We take a look at three players that could look to fill that void and join the likes Roy Keane, Bryan Robson and Bobby Charlton in the history books as Manchester United captain.

Wayne Rooney

The outstanding candidate by a long way is influential frontman Wayne Rooney, however, it could all hinge on him staying at Old Trafford.

Rooney, 28, signed for Manchester United in 2004 for a reported £25.6m aged just 18-years-old.

Since his transfer from Everton he has become part of the furniture at Old Trafford, playing in over 400 games and scoring in over 200 goals for the club in just under 10 seasons.

The Liverpool-born striker isn't a total stranger to the captaincy role and has on odd occasions lead the England team out.

The problem at present is his unsigned contract, and he is unlikely to be made captain until a deal is signed. But could the temptation be used to try and get him to sign?

Jonny Evans

Arguably the next in line is Manchester United academy graduate Jonny Evans.

The 26-year-old Northern Ireland international has become a stalwart of the United defence in recent years, playing 110 Premier League games for United in a six year spell.

He has won the affection of fans and the respect of his peers, despite being overlooked at times in favour of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. He has had to work hard for his place in the side and is a fantastic role model to the younger players looking to breakthrough.

Phil Jones

If David Moyes is to look for a longer term replacement to the Manchester United captaincy it could be given to England starlet Phil Jones.

Jones, who turns 23 at the end of the month, could offer Moyes a long-term fix around Old Trafford as he looks to secure his place as United boss for years to come.

Jones signed for Manchester United in 2011 for a undisclosed transfer fee believed to be around £16.5m. The former Blackburn star has then go on to play in nearly 100 games for United in all competitions and Sir Bobby Charlton has even likened the youngster to the late, great Duncan Edwards.

A very talented player that could become the Manchester United captain for the next 10 years.

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