Louis Van Gaal is stamping his authority down at United and has made his decision who who should be the new Manchester United captain. England striker, Wayne Rooney has been granted the honourable responsibility – “It is a huge honour and a role I will perform with great pride,” said Rooney. “I am very grateful to the manager for the faith he has shown in me.”
“For me it’s always very important the choice of captain,” said Van Gaal.
“Wayne has shown a great attitude towards everything he does. 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.”
Meanwhile, Van Gaal also appointed Darren Fletcher has vice-captain, something many fans may not have been expecting after Flecther’s lack of football due to illness over the past few seasons.
“It’s a very proud moment for me and my family,” said Fletcher, 30.
“Wayne and I have always worked well together and we will continue to work closely together in our new roles.
Rooney now joins the likes of Roy Keane, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton and Eric Cantona as players who have worn the armband for the Red Devils.