Wayne Rooney has been named as the new captain of Manchester United by manager Louis van Gaal. Van Gaal made the announcement following United’s final pre-season friendly against Valencia, when Rooney skippered the side to a 2-1 victory courtesy of Marouane Fellaini’s late goal.
The England international, who is also in the running to skipper the national side in the wake of Steven Gerrard’s international retirement, takes over the role from Nemanja Vidic, who departed for Inter Milan in the summer.
Rooney told the club’s official website: “It is a huge honour for me 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.”