Rooney should be next Manchester United captain, say Goal Singapore readers

The striker is seen by many as the likely candidate to take over the armband at Old Trafford after Nemanja Vidic confirmed that he will leave the club at the end of the season
Nemanja Vidic announced on Friday his intention to leave Manchester United at the end of the season, following recent speculation over his future at the club.

The current Red Devils captain is in the last year of his contract at Old Trafford and has decided to move on when the current campaign ends, citing his desire for a new challenge.

"My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career," he said in a statement to the club's official website.

"I’m not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United and I was lucky enough to be part of this club for so many years."

Inter have already confirmed their interest in signing the 32-year-old Serbian centre-back, who will vacate the captaincy when he departs.

While manager David Moyes asserted that he was unconcerned by the timing of Vidic's announcement due to the player's professionalism and added that he would continue wearing the armband, there will be a need to find a new skipper in due course.

One of the obvious candidates will be Wayne Rooney, who is currently regarded as one of the best players at the club and their talisman of sorts. The slight majority of Goal Singapore readers are convinced that the England striker should be named the next Manchester United captain, with 56.2% picking him as their choice.

Handing the 28-year-old the armband could well entice him into committing his long-term future to the club as well, with rumours of a move to Chelsea refusing to go away in recent times. Other candidates would include the likes of Darren Fletcher, Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra.