Exclusive – Scholes backs Rooney to be Man United captain

first_imgPaul Scholes has told talkSPORT Wayne Rooney should be the new Manchester United captain – but he expects Robin van Persie to be handed the armband.Louis van Gaal is yet to decide who will lead the side into the new Premier League season, with the attacking duo seemingly leading the race to succeed Nemanja Vidic.Former Red Devils star Scholes admits there is no stand-out candidate for the job, but he has thrown his support behind Rooney.He told Drivetime: “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.“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.”last_img read more