Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie was a notable absentee from a list of potential captains published on the club’s official website.
The champions are in need of a new skipper for next season after it was confirmed that Nemanja vidic will leave the club in the summer.
The United website decided to run the rule over some possible candidates, but Van Persie – linked with a return to former club Arsenal in recent weeks – did not make the cut.
Candidates including Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher and even David De Gea all featured, but there was no place for the Dutchman.
Van Persie has reportedly become unsettled at Old Trafford since David Moyes took charge last summer.
His absence from the list, despite being among the club’s star performers, is perhaps an indication that club insiders are uncertain about his future at United.