Louis Van Gaal has named Wayne Rooney the club captain of Manchester United for the upcoming 2014/15 Premier League season.
The Dutchman had been pondering many choices for the captain's armband for the Red Devils, many believed that Robin Van Persie would've have been the manager's choice after the striker had captained the Netherlands under Van Gaal at the World Cup.
However, 28-year-old Wayne Rooney has been given captaincy duties for the upcoming debut season under Van Gaal, Rooney has now been with the club for 10 years and is tasked with becoming the leader of the new era at United.
Van Gaal's Statement
Van Gaal made the announcement following Man United's final pre season game against Valencia, he spoke in a interview about how he came to decision over his captain, he went on to explain: "For me it's always very important the choice of captain. Wayne has shown a great attitude towards everything he does."
He continued: "“I have been very impressed by his professionalism and his attitude to training and to my philosophy. He is a great inspiration to the younger members of the team and I believe he will put his heart and soul into his captaincy role."
The England international is also in contention for the national captaincy after Steven Gerrard announced his retirement, Rooney spoke with the clubs website and described his emotions on his appointment, he said: "It is a huge honour for me – and for my family – to be named captain of this great club. It is a role I will perform with great pride."
“Team spirit has always been very high in our dressing room and I am very grateful to the manager for the faith he has shown in me. I look forward to leading the team out on Saturday at our first match of the new season."
Midfielder Darren Fletcher has been named as the club’s vice-captain after Van Gaal handed a number of different players the armband in pre-season.
Fletcher also spoke about the managers decisions, he said: "I am delighted to have been named as vice-captain. It's a very proud moment for me and my family."
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