Manchester United manager David Moyes believes that striker Wayne Rooney has the potential to be the club's captain in the future.
Rooney was surrounded by speculation this summer after former boss Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that the forward had handed in a transfer request, and he was heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
Moyes stood firm on his arrival though, saying that the player was not for sale, and that decision was rewarded with Rooney making a blinding start to the season.
The England striker is no stranger to the armband and Moyes believes that Rooney has the ability to be captain, though he feels that there is no need to change things at the moment - with Nemanja Vidic as captain and Patrice Evra as his deputy currently.
"I think Wayne has always had the ability to be a captain," explained Moyes. "He’s got that love of football as the biggest thing because he loves the game and loves the ball and kicking it around. He’s a natural and, in his own way, leads by example in what he tries to do. In future years, he could be the skipper here," said Moyes, according to the club's official website.
"I don’t see any reason to change it (the captaincy). I’m happy as they work very well and I see Vida, Evra, Rio (Ferdinand) – all the experienced boys – are great behind the scenes. All, in their own right, are really good captains. Vida wears the armband but I use them all for their guidance and experience."