Paul Scholes wants Wayne Rooney to be next Man Utd captain

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes Wayne Rooney should be the new Red Devils captain

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Louis van Gaal should pick Wayne Rooney ahead of Robin van Persie to be Manchester United’s next captain, according to Paul Scholes.

The 62-year-old Red Devils manager, who signed a three-year deal in May, is yet to name a permanent successor to Serbian centre-half Nemanja Vidic, who joined Inter Milan at the end of 2013/14 season.

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

Paul Scholes

And Scholes, who won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns at United, backed England international Rooney to become the 20-time English champions’s new long-term skipper.

“I think he [Van Gaal] will give it [the captaincy] to Robin [Van Persie]. He’s had a lot of experience with him from Holland. He knows him well, knows him as a player, but personally I would probably go for Rooney,” Scholes told talkSPORT.

“He’s always struck me as the type who could be a captain and now is the perfect time to give him the responsibility I know he is capable of taking. And the same goes for England. With both teams, there is not an outstanding candidate for the role.

“If you look at Manchester City, Kompany stands out a mile. 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.

“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.”

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