Ranking Manchester United's 15 Greatest Captains

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Ranking Manchester United's 15 Greatest Captains
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Wayne Rooney wore the captain’s armband during Manchester United’s 2-0 win away to West Ham Saturday, and David Moyes has since hailed the England forward’s leadership abilities.

“Wayne has led by example all season,” the Red Devils manager remarked following the victory, as per Sky Sports. “He wants to take responsibility and I think you always want players who take responsibility.”

Current club captain Nemanja Vidic is set to join Inter Milan at season’s end, and his deputy—Patrice Evra—is nearing the end of his contract at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, veteran defender Rio Ferdinand continues to struggle with fitness and form and is also about to see his United pact expire.

Will Rooney take over the captaincy on a permanent basis following the World Cup?

If so, he’ll be following in the footsteps of some remarkable players—characters whose willingness to lead by example helped to forge a steely, even exceptionalist, mentality at Manchester United.

Over the following slides we’ll have a look at 15 United captains, and we’ll rank them according to the impacts they made and the imprints they left at one of world football’s most famous clubs.

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