Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has stated that he is confident that the likes of Michael Carrick can lead the club going into the new era under Louis van Gaal. The 13 time Premier league champions are widely expected to return to their best under Van Gaal, who has the experience of managing a top club unlike his predecessor David Moyes. The Dutchman, though, has been delaying the decision to name his new captain, as he wants to take a good look at the players. The decision is expected to come just a few days before the start of the campaign.
There are a number of contenders to become the next captain of Manchester United. After the departure of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, Giggs would have taken the armband. The 40-year-old, though, decided to hang up his boots and become the assistant manager at the club. The likes of Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, and Darren Fletcher are the potential candidates for captaincy, although his good relationship with the manager means that Robin van Persie has also been mentioned as a potential candidate. Van Persie was the captain of the national team when the Dutch were managed by Van Gaal.
“There’s a big onus on the likes of Wayne, Robin, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher. We have got experienced players, but we’ve also got a lot of young ones. But we’ve got the likes of myself who can help the younger players and I’ve told them that. If they don’t want to speak to the manager, they can speak to me,” said Giggs. United start the new campaign with a home match against Swansea. The signs have been very positive during pre-season after they have been undefeated so far.
Giggs has been providing valuable contribution to the team in his role as the assistant manager.