TENUOUS link it may be, but Manchester United’s final connection to the Sir Alex Ferguson glory days has passed.
On Wednesday night, as Louis van Gaal’s men completed a shaky-looking 1-0 win over Watford, Juan Mata was named captain.
Clearly an inspired move as the Spanish attacking midfielder netted the g ame’s only goal.
That said, he became the first United player to captain the Old Trafford side to NOT have played any part under Fergie.
Mata joined the club from Chelsea in January 2014 for £37.1million — when David Moyes was at the helm.
Since Ferguson called it a day — following an unbelievable 17 seasons in Manchester — two players have taken on the club captain mantle.
First of all there was Nemanja Vidic, club captain from 2011-2014, which includes the first season for United post-Fergie.
Then Wayne Rooney took the responsibility of leading from the front as the only other official club captain since the end of the 2012-2013 season.
Meanwhile, during any injuries and suspensions, several players have lead the team onto the pitch.
Noticeably, all of them had played some part — big or small — in the trophy laden days of Sir Alex.
Last night marked the first time a non-Fergie player was skipper since the 1980s.
Just let that sink in for a moment...
It truly speaks volumes for the effect that one Scotsman had on the club.
And this latest link — however tiny and seemingly irrelevant it may be — is just the latest to fall as United attempt to steady their feet following the departure of the most famous football manager in history.
In fact, there’s only one more to go: The sad day that there is no player who featured under Ferguson in the Manchester United squad.
What an odd day that will be.