Tonight, after Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Valencia CF at Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal announced that Wayne Rooney will become the new squad captain of Manchester United for the 2014/15 season, with Darren Fletcher as his deputy.
Manchester United manager 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 is delighted to be named club captain, after the game he 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.”
Vice-captain Darren Fletcher said:
“I am delighted to have been named as vice-captain. It’s a very proud moment for me and my family. Wayne and I have always worked well together and we will continue to work closely together in our new roles.
“I would like to thank the manager for putting his trust in me.”
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