With Louis van Gaal yet to decide on the next Manchester United captain, he did drop a little hint that he could select a home-grown player, with Wayne Rooney believed to be the favourite for the role, Mirror reports. 

The England international led his team in their 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the Guinness International Champions Cup while Darren Fletcher was also given the captaincy three times during their pre-season tour. 

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

“Fletcher had already done it two times, then he was the captain, and Tom Cleverley, 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 62-year-old manager also praised his star striker after he was named player of the tournament with three goals. 

The United boss said: “He is a man who is always a winner. 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.”

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