Louis van Gaal is likely to make Robin van Persie the next permanent Manchester United captain if he becomes the Red Devils’ new manager at the end of the season.
The Daily Star report that Van Gaal would prefer his Dutch compatriot Van Persie to replace the Inter Milan-bound Nemanja Vidic as skipper next season, rather than the likes of Wayne Rooney or Darren Fletcher, despite the fact the striker only arrived at Old Trafford in 2012.
Van Gaal, the current manager of the Netherlands national team, made Van Persie captain of his country last June. The prolific 30-year-old striker, who won the title in his debut season at Old Trafford last term, also captained Arsenal before departing the Emirates Stadium.
Manchester United are believed to be close to appointing Van Gaal as the club’s next manager following last week’s dismissal of David Moyes.
The Red Devils were keeping close tabs on Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti, but the Italian will almost certainly be retained by Los Blancos for next season after he guided the Spanish giants to their first Champions League final since 2002 courtesy of a 4-0 thrashing of Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
Van Gaal and Van Persie have a close working relationship and have even been spotted on scouting missions together at various stadiums in recent months ahead of this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
It’s unclear how the Manchester United players would react to Van Persie receiving the captains’ armband over some of his teammates who have spent much more of their careers at Old Trafford - although Van Gaal, a no-nonsense manager, is unlikely to be concerned.
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