Robin van Persie expected to be named Manchester United captain

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Robin van Persie is expected to be named as the new captain of Manchester United by prospective new manager Louis van Gaal, according to Dutch football expert Pascal Kamperman.

Van Gaal and Van Persie share a close relationship and were spotted watching a number of football games prior to David Moyes' sacking.

The pair are preparing for the Netherland's first World Cup warm up game against Ecuador on Saturday as Manchester United await an opportune moment to confirm him as their new manager.

Van Persie was awarded the armband for his national side 11 months ago and Kamperman believes their previous history makes the 30-year-old an almost certainty for the armband at Old Trafford.

When asked whether Van Persie would be the captain of Manchester United next season, Kamperman told Sky Sports: "Yeah I think so because they do have a good relationship.

"At the beginning when van Gaal took over as the head coach of the Dutch national team they had to find their position a little bit. But after that it went really well and van Persie was very positive about him.

"When van Persie was over here (in Holland) last month because of his injury they talked a lot about the World Cup and the way they like to play in Brazil. So yes he does have a very good relationship with him."

Manchester United are looking to replace their departing captain Nemanja Vidic. The Serbian agreed a two-year deal with Inter Milan earlier this season and has played his last game for the club.

Other candidates for the position include Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra but the latter is also expected to depart in the summer transfer window.

Holland will have two days off after the Ecuador game and Van Gaal is expected to travel to Old Trafford to rubberstamp a move.

The decision to award Van Persie the armband could go down a storm at Manchester United as it looked like the Dutch striker would force a move if Moyes hadn't have left.

He has also only been at Manchester United for two seasons while a number of players have been at the club for longer.

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