Exclusive competition

- Create a 60-second video on what makes a great United captain

- Win a chance to meet the first team and play at Old Trafford

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19/03/2013 15:44, Report by Ben Hibbs

Could you be captain?

The role of Manchester United club captain is one of the most prestigious in football and the job requires some very unique qualities to make it a success.

It’s a position any young footballer aspires to, which is why Manchester United Soccer Schools is running a competition, called Take the Lead, to discover what attributes you think make a great United captain – and just by having your say on the subject you could win some fantastic United experiences.

All you have to do is create a short video, no longer than 60 seconds, detailing which specific qualities you feel are essential to the role of United captain. Fans on the Take the Lead Facebook page will then vote for their favourite videos and the top 20 will be judged by two legendary Reds skippers – Gary Neville and Bryan Robson – with the winner crowned Manchester United Soccer Schools’ first ever global captain.

The winner also gets to take part in the World Skills Final on the Old Trafford pitch and meet members of the Manchester United first team squad, as well as winning a week’s Soccer Schools residential course in UK. There are also runners-up prizes to be won.

Neville says: “Having played for the United first team for 19 years and captained the side for five of them, I have my own ideas about what it takes to lead on the pitch. However, I’m looking forward to hearing the fans’ opinions.” 

The competition runs until 23 April and is open to anyone aged eight to 18 years of age (entrants under 13 years of age will need a parent or guardian to enter the competition on their behalf). For more details, visit


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