Jonny Evans is in the running to be named the new Manchester United skipper – but star striker Robin van Persie isn't.
United have drawn up an official shortlist of five candidates to take the armband from Nemanja Vidic who is leaving in the summer and Northern Ireland international Evans (right) is on it.
Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, Darren Fletcher and David De Gea are also shortlisted – but the club's failure to consider the leadership qualities of Van Persie hint at the Dutchman's exit from United.
The 30-year-old has been a proud Holland captain and also sported the armband at Arsenal, but now it appears he will seek a new challenge at the end of the season. Newtownabbey man Evans, who will come into contention for the Northern Ireland captaincy in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, is being tipped to take the United armband after progressing from the club's academy into the first team and maintaining his place in the heart of the defence.
His name is included on the list that appears on the United website, with the club stating: "The academy graduate is arguably the perfect candidate and would undoubtedly relish the challenge."