Louis van Gaal hints Van Persie will become captain

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Louis van Gaal has dropped the biggest hint yet that Robin van Persie will become his captain at Manchester United after hailing the Netherlands international's performance in Saturday's international friendly against Ecuador.

Van Persie, who scored a stunning goal against the South American nation, was made Netherlands captain by Van Gaal last year - and the Dutch boss, who is poised to be confirmed as the Red Devils' new head coach early this week, says he shares the same philosophy as the Oranje skipper.

"I was happy with his performance, but he is also a fantastic captain — and that is important, too," Van Gaal told reporters. "I think you always make a player captain when you have the same morals and philosophy as they do.

"Not only about football and tactics and what is happening on the pitch but about life as well.

"We click and I think that’s very important. I believe that Van Persie and Van Gaal share the same philosophy."

Van Gaal will need to appoint a new captain at Old Trafford following the departure of Serbia international Nemanja Vidic, who will join Inter Milan this summer. The likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher were all thought to be in contention to succeed Vidic, but Van Persie's close ties with Van Gaal means the 30-year-old, who previously captained Arsenal, is likely to get the nod.

Van Persie has only been at Old Trafford for two seasons, but played a major role in helping the Red Devils secure their 20th league title at the end of the 2012/13 campaign - Sir Alex Ferguson's final season in charge of the Premier League giants.

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