Last season, Gary Neville missed the final couple of months due to an injury he suffered against Bolton. This paved the way for Ryan Giggs to captain us until the end of the season, meaning he lifted the trophy last May with Neville.
Whilst the worst seems over for Neville, he has missed all of this season due to several injury set backs. For the most part, Giggs has taken over the captaincy, however, due to his age and form, has not been chosen for all matches. In his absence, it is Rio Ferdinand who has worn the armband, which certainly boosted his chances of being named new England captain under Fabio Capello. The question is then, if we are to win the league next weekend, will it be Giggs and Ferdinand who lift the trophy together?
Ferdinand was interviewed by the Manchester United magazine, where he spoke about his feelings on becoming the United captain, answering in a way which suggested why he had been filling in as captain in the first place.
When asked if he changed his preparation to the matches when he knows he will be captain, he said, “no. If you change what you do just because you become captain then you won’t get the best out of yourself. The way you prepare for a game shouldn’t be dictated by whether or not you have an extra piece of cloth on your arm. You just go out and do what you normally do. That’s what’s won you the captaincy in the first place, so why change it?”
Ferdinand seems entirely committed to United, with the former “bling boy” now more focussed on what really matters. His performances have been sound, he has shown himself as a real leader and winner, and he seems more determined than ever to contribute to our success.
Most recently against his former club West Ham, Ferdinand has started as captain in several important games, such as against Barcelona, Arsenal and Roma, which certainly had a positive impact on the team. Whilst Giggs has had more games as captain, Ferdinand has certainly contributed to leading the side, even when not wearing the armband.
Do you think we should again share the lifting of the trophy between two players if we win next weekend?