Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal may have given a huge hint behind his thoughts for the club’s next skipper.
The boss said at his unveiling last week that he needed to work with the players before naming his skipper and the Daily Mail has suggested he won’t make a decision until Michael Carrick is back in action.
Carrick picked up an ankle problem in training last week, which has seen him ruled out and the Mail has suggested that Carrick could be the man LvG is considering giving the armband to ahead of the new season.
“Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is deliberating over whether to delay the announcement of his permanent captain until Michael Carrick returns from injury,” reports the paper.
“The 32-year-old midfielder was high on Van Gaal’s shortlist to be the next United captain following the exit of Nemanja Vidic.”
Carrick certainly has the credentials to be Manchester United, with a vast amount of experience in Premier League football.
He’s also been one of United’s most consistent midfield men since he’s been a regular feature in the first team and that will work to his advantage when LvG mulls over who should be his next skipper.
However, United fans would argue that Carrick isn’t the loud, vocal leader in the middle of the team that would suit the United captaincy.
The favourite for the job has to be Robin van Persie, captain for the Netherlands under van Gaal, who will literally lead from the front for United in important games next season.
Van Gaal could opt for youth with someone like David De Gea, a player sure of his place in the first team and someone with the longevity to do the job for as long as he and LvG are at the club.
It’s an important decision and van Gaal is right not to make a quick call over the captaincy and if he does opt for Carrick, it’s a good choice despite his calmer approach.