Why Rooney (not Van Persie) may emerge as new United captain | Van Gaal opens up

by ‘Ifreke Inyang

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New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, has hinted at giving the armband to Wayne Rooney.

The England striker captained the Red Devils, as they beat Liverpool 3-1 to win the International Champions Cup.

Van Gaal has now admitted that Rooney might be the one to lead his team this season, with midfielder Darren Fletcher also in the running.

“I am always looking for opportunities to give players the captain’s armband. Today Rooney played 90 minutes for the first time,” Van Gaal said.

“Fletcher had already done it two times, then he was the captain, and Tom Ceverley, because he also had 90 minutes. I think you have choose, when it is possible, for the English style. That is when it is possible.”

The Dutch manager also praised Rooney, who was voted Player of the Tournament, after he scored three goals in the competition.

“He is a man who is always a winner,” Van Gaal continued. “You saw in the World Cup, when the award went to Messi, it is not always like that.

“It was deserved for him [Rooney] because he scored a lot of goals and made a lot of assists. The judges are always looking for that.

“It was a wonderful goal from Rooney. When you see the technique and what he did to push the ball under the legs of the opponent and into the bottom corner. It was a great cross from Javier Hernandez and a very good attack.

“We have also defended very well and without a defence we cannot score. Any of my defenders could have been my most valuable player of the tournament.”

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