Sir Alex Ferguson will name Wayne Rooney the new Manchester United club captain should Gary Neville retire this summer, reports The Sun. The striker, who signed for United in a £25.6 million deal five and a half years ago, has become the side’s talisman since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid. Rooney, 23, has scored 15 goals in 24 games for United this season.
Ferguson’s other options should Neville retire in six months time are Rio Ferdinand, who has occasionally captained the side, and Ryan Giggs who has also often done the job.
In the past Ferguson has also talked up the merits of John O’Shea for the role but with the Irishman not guaranteed a starting spot, Ferdinand more often injured than not and Giggs approaching the end of a glorious playing career, Rooney is in poll position.
Rooney, who seemed mired in controversy during the early part of his career, has now settled into a role as the club’s figurehead.