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Louis van Gaal names Wayne Rooney as Manchester United’s new captain

Aug 12, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

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Darren Fletcher’s longevity at Manchester United made him a frontrunner, while Robin van Persie’s connection to new manager Louis van Gaal cast him as a logical choice, too. Yet given his stature at the club, Wayne Rooney always had a prominent place in the discussion about the team’s next captain.

Today, the long-time Red Devil attacker was given the captain’s armband, with the team’s new boss selecting the 28-year-old Rooney to succeed the departed Nemanja Vidic.

“It is a huge honour for me – and for my family – to be named captain of this great club, Rooney said, via the club’s website. “It is a role I will perform with great pride.”

Vidic, name the club captain in the wake of Gary Neville, left for Inter Milan this spring after declining to sign a new deal with the club. While Rooney had expressed his hope of being named captain, Fletcher is the club’s longest tenured player, while van Persie was given the captaincy of his national team when van Gaal assumed the Netherlands’ national team job.

Praising the approach Rooney’s brought to the preseason, van Gaal decided on the England international, calling him an inspiration to the younger players in the squad. From the team’s web site:

“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.

Rooney, who joined United from Everton in 2004, will make his debut as permanent captain this weekend against Swansea City. His words:

“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.”

Van Gaal also named Fletcher the club’s vice-captain, with the Scotland international calling the appointment “a very proud moment for me and my family.”

  1. tbutler704 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    First mistake van Gaal has made. Rooney is far too fragile mentally to be any use as a leader. He only got it because he’d sulk otherwise. Plus he’s English.

  2. mikeymo74 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    You’re right about Rooney, but this is just a ceremonial title, especially when you have an authoritative manager like van Gaal. Rooney isn’t going to suddenly be expected to be a leader just because he was named captain. van Gaal is the leader.

  3. lordfletcher - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    What in the hell are you dippy do’s talking about. Rooney was the best choice available.

    Glory Glory!!

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