Louis van Gaal has only been in the Manchester United managers job five day but he is already ready to mix things up by handing Robin van Persie the captaincy for next season, when most thought the armband would switch to Wayne Rooney.
Wayne Rooney signed a brand new Manchester United contract this year and before the departure of the assault investigated David Moyes it had been suggested that the England striker had it in his contract that he would be captain at Old Trafford next term, but it seems Louis van Gaal might consider his Netherlands captain Robin van Persie instead.
In the build up to this summers World Cup in Brazil, journalists were close by to quiz Wayne Rooney over next season and the armband, Rooney was pretty forthcoming in his response stating:
“Of course I do [want captaincy]. I have captained United a few times and to get it on a full-time basis would be great.”
“I feel ready for it. Whoever the manager chooses, I will respect that and have no problems with it.”
“Robin captains his country and has captained Arsenal. If he gets it, I`m sure he`ll do a great job.”
Wayne Rooney also commented on the arrival of Louis van Gaal, expressing his need to prove himself, he added,
“When a new manager comes in, you always feel you have to prove yourself again.”
“When we go back to training, it will be like a new start.”
Louis van Gaal will take over on a permanent basis after this summers World Cup.