Date: 23rd August 2008 at 8:48pm
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Sir Alex Ferguson tips Rio Ferdinand to become Manchester United captain in the near future. He should appoint him now.

‘The difference here is that I operate my captains on seniority,’ said Fergie.

‘In the long-term Rio will be captain of Manchester United, there is no question about that.

‘His leadership qualities have improved tremendously over the last couple of years and his ability is there for all to see.’


True. And I think it’s a mistake to base it on seniority: Giggs is a great servant, a record holder, a brilliant player – but he’s no captain. He’s just not a leader. His experience stands out but his leadership qualities do not.

Gary Neville would be a fine captain but in the last year and a half he could not really fulfil his tasks and duties. With his injury record it is time to appoint a new skipper who is able to lead on and off the pitch. And the only real candidate is Rio, for the reasons Fergie stated above.