New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is clearly a man who is not afraid to make big decisions. But with the captaincy up for grabs this summer following the departure of both Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra, few expected Tom Cleverley to be in with a shout.
And yet it seems he just might be, after van Gaal gave the England midfielder the armband for the pre-season friendly against Roma on Saturday night.
Cleverley has been much maligned in recent times, and yet van Gaal clearly saw enough in him to ask him to lead out the team in Denver.
Things also went pretty well on the pitch, with United leading 3-0 at half-time and ultimately running out 3-2 winners.
But Cleverley failed to perform on the day, as did many of his teammates who appeared affected by the conditions. And yet a win is a win, and as captain the 24-year-old has a 100% record. He can even argue that when he left the pitch United were strolling to a victory that ultimately looked a little tougher to secure.
After the game, we took to Twitter to see what United fans thought of the decision to make Cleverley captain, and you can find a selection of what we found below:
WHAT? CLEVERLEY CAPTAIN!!! Is Moyes operating Gaal by remote of control?— Evil Kagawa (@evilkagawa) July 26, 2014
Tom Cleverley selected as captain ahead of Wayne Rooney. No message there at all? #MUFC— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) July 26, 2014
Loving tom Cleverley captain of united.— Morrano (@morranoo) July 27, 2014
Moyes would have been destroyed for making Cleverley captain last night.— Brown SHUGA (@eid_reez) July 27, 2014
I know it was only preseason, but Cleverley was one of the worst players to ever captain United.— R.e.d 'Osmosis' (@iRep_Mufc) July 27, 2014
No offence to Cleverley and fletcher but why hasn't Wayne been captain the last two games?— Charlie Gill (@CharlieGill9) July 27, 2014
Wonder what Cleverley is thinking this morning? Was made captain and fluffed his chance to impress the manager— Manchester (@Manchesterspeak) July 27, 2014
Hang on lads, I was out last night so didn't see the United match Are the rumours true... did Thomas Zinedine Cleverley captain United!?— Danny Keogh (@Danny_Keogh94) July 27, 2014
Now that Cleverley has worn the captain's band...can he leave us in peace?— The Archhuman (@El__supremo) July 27, 2014