Cape Town - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is in the job market for a new skipper following the departure of former captain Nemanja Vidic to Inter Milan.
The Dutchman looked certain to give the armband to fellow countryman Robin van Persie following his captaincy of the Dutch national side at the World Cup in Brazil, but with the striker being prone to injury, van Gaal's next obvious choice would have to be Wayne Rooney.
According to reports, the England forward will have two weeks to secure the long-term captaincy of the club. Rooney is likely to have the armband for United’s opening Premier League fixture against Swansea City in less than two weeks’ time.
Centre back Jonny Evans has also been mentioned as a potential candidate for the position, but it is not even certain that the Northern Irishman will be first choice in the centre of defence.
This all leaves Rooney as the clear frontrunner, particularly as he has been a model professional during United’s tour of the USA, but van Gaal’s mind remains open for the time being at least, and Rooney will have to prove himself during his two week trial period.