So it will be Michael Carrick who will be leading Manchester United out this season after being confirmed the new skipper late on Tuesday night.
In doing so, he replaces Wayne Rooney and becomes the 52nd skipper in the club’s history, following in the footsteps of Bobby Charlton, Steve Bruce, Eric Cantona and Roy Keane.
It’s a huge job especially at one of the most prestigious clubs in the world but with 459 caps and five Premier League titles, FA Cup and Champions League just some of the honours under his belt, there’s every chance he can lead the team to more success under his helm.
Here we look at the seven previous captains of Manchester United of the Premier League era.
Ten years after making the switch from Everton, Rooney was announced as the new captain, replacing Nemanja Vidic.
But despite his potential, he often struggled for consistency and his cause wasn’t helped by shifting to a midfield role.
But he did have silverware to look back on during his reign, winning the 2016 FA Cup and the FA Community Shield as well as the Europa League and League Cup last season.
A natural choice to replace former team-mate Gary Neville.
It wasn’t an easy transition for the Serb following his move in 2006, but he gradually found his game that made him one of the solid defenders in the Premier League.
Led the club to a record-breaking 19th league crown as well as the 20th two seasons later.
United through and through, Neville was given the honour at the age of 30, succeeding former team-mate Roy Keane.
Wasn’t in the match squad for the triumphant 2008 Champions League triumph, following lack of match fitness but got his hands on the Premier League and League Cup (twice) and FIFA Club World Cup.
His performance against Juventus at Turin in the 1999 Champions League semi-final was a clear example of his sheer determination knowing that he would miss the final against Bayern Munich.
Under his captaincy, the club won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, two Community Shields and the UEFA Champions League.
The Frenchman had been a key player since his arrival and was rewarded for his form by being given the armband following Bruce’s departure.
He did help the club win their 11th league crown but the iconic footballer called it a day soon after.
It was no easy task to take over from Bryan Robson but Bruce managed the transition extremely well.
A rock at centre-half, he also proved he had the scoring touch with 36 goals, leading the side to a second league and FA cup double in 1996.
Arriving in Manchester for a then-record of £1.5m in 1981, under previous coach Ron Atkinson, it wasn’t long before he was given the honour to skipper the side in 1982.
Nicknamed Captain Marvel, Robson had incredible stamina with a gift of passing and an eye for the goal (scored 99 times for Manchester United). His efforts certainly impressed Sir Alex Ferguson, who labelled the energetic midfielder as a “hero”.
With a talented squad, the club enjoyed much success under Robson, with three FA Cup triumphs, European Cup Winners’ Cup, two Premier Leagues and two FA Charity Shields.
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Danny Murphy broke Manchester United hearts on more than one occasion during his time at Liverpool.
However, he has a few words of encouragement for their latest signing Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian has joined his new on their preseason tour in Los Angeles after signing from Everton for an initial fee of £75 million.
While Murphy wouldn’t say he’s an improvement from released striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has been sidelined with an injury, he does expect him to be successful at Old Trafford.
The former Liverpool midfielder speaks about United’s new signing in the video below.
Forward Sadio Mane will miss Liverpool’s pre-season trip to Hong Kong for the Premier League Trophy as he continues his recovery from a knee operation.
The Senegal international scored 13 Premier League goals last season despite spending most of January at the African Nations Cup before his season was prematurely ended on April 1 when he damaged the meniscus in his knee during the Merseyside derby.
He began running with his team-mates on Tuesday as he begins to build up his fitness for the coming season and will most likely resume full training in the next week but is not ready for competitive matches yet and so will remain at Melwood when the squad fly out to Asia on Sunday.
“He is really, really good. He is close; he is closing on coming back to team training,” manager Jurgen Klopp told liverpoolfc.com.
“In this moment we think it will be when we are in Asia, so then it makes no sense to take him to Asia because he needs to then do the first steps in kind of team training.
“We will see how we can do it; maybe the U23s will be here, so when he can start (training) then we can use this opportunity, but we have to wait.
“On Tuesday morning he was part of the running, so he is first-team training if you want and that looked really good.
“I think he is getting better, but it is how it is after a long time – you need to build a little bit of muscle again in the quad and thigh, which is important.
“There is no risk with him because he is a naturally-fit boy and in the moment when he can start to be a real part of the sessions, he will then immediately be fit again.
“We have not all the time in the world, but we have time and we will use it.”
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