Louis van Gaal announces new Manchester United captain

Louis van Gaal has decided to name Wayne Rooney as the new Manchester United captain, while his team-mate Darren Fletcher was named vice-captain, SkySPORTS reports.

The decision was made when the 28-year-old striker led his team in their final pre-season friendly before the start of the new Premier League, where they continued their unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory over Valencia.

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Rooney told United’s official website: “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.”

Van Gaal added: “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.”