Manchester United have officially named Wayne Rooney as their club captain with Darren Fletcher being his vice.
Rooney was set for the armband after confirmation Nemanja Vidic would leave the club. However, the appointment of new manager Louis van Gaal made Robin van Persie a viable candidate.
Wayne Rooney has however impressed the new boss, landing him the role as Manchester United’s new leader.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said:
“For me it’s always very important the choice of captain. 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.
“Darren Fletcher will become the vice-captain. Darren is a natural leader and will captain the team when Wayne isn’t playing. Darren is a very experienced player and a very popular member of the dressing room, I know he will work well alongside Wayne.”
Wayne Rooney 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.”