Former Tottenham skipper Ledley King has questioned the decision from Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to give the club captaincy to Wayne Rooney.

King believes nothing can replace on a captain's CV the years spent coming up through the youth ranks.

"He can still have a big impact on his team and the players in his team," King told the Daily Express. "Maybe within the fans, though, there will still be that slight thing missing.

"He can still be a successful captain and the fans will love him as a player, but maybe there is that little something there when you come through as a young kid that very few players have these days.

"These players resonate with the fans - the spirit they have for the team - having come through the youth system. Generally, these players have been the best performers or most important figures in their time at the club.

"Players like Gerrard and Terry still keep on going strong for all the changes of managers and changes of players. They remain the core of their teams.

"When a player comes through the youth system to become the captain of the club is something you cannot buy. In the player's heart, he has got a relationship with the club worth more than money.

"The fans see that and support that and it is something that grows and grows as the years go on. That is why these players are still at their clubs - because of what they mean to the club and the supporters."

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