Big day in Manchester United history, perhaps, as Louis Van Gaal hands the captain's armband to a new man. pic.twitter.com/eYDQ29HuBt
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) July 26, 2014
Manchester United fans have reacted with anger and amusement to the news that Tom Cleverley will be captain for the friendly with Roma in Denver on Saturday evening.
Cleverley was arguably the player most castigated during David Moyes’ failed reign as Manchester United manager during 2013/2014.
And, it was hoped that Louis van Gaal would send Cleverley packing from Old Trafford, with Everton linked earlier this summer.
But, it appears that Cleverley is well liked by van Gaal, who has no doubt seen something in the England midfielder that many of us missed.
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney is in the Manchester United starting XI and the likely new England captain appears to have been snubbed at the earliest opportunity.
This surely all but confirms Cleverley has a long-term future at Old Trafford and Robin van Persie will be LVG’s captain next season. Right?
Best of the Twitter reaction to Tom Cleverley being captain for Manchester United v Roma is below.
If Cleverley is captain ahead of Rooney for pre-season games, can we assume 'Wazza' has no chance of getting the armband next season? #MUFC
— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) July 26, 2014
Van Gaal has made Tom Cleverley captain for tonight's game… pic.twitter.com/ff79zWiLfd
— John NOT Terry (@BigJohnTerry) July 26, 2014
Tom Cleverley is actually a typical Van Gaal player. A worker bee that won't question him, do what he's told and do so tidily.
— Jonker/Morrow (@hahostolze) July 26, 2014
BREAKING: Tom Cleverley will captain Manchester United vs Roma tonight. pic.twitter.com/ZCJYVRI323
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) July 26, 2014
Captain Clevz – love it. This season probably the last chance for him but I fancy him to take it. Well worth a squad berth.
— Nick (@ManUnitedYouth) July 26, 2014
— Trendsmap Manchester (@TrendsManc) July 26, 2014
Tom Cleverley captain for United tonight. pic.twitter.com/qXcUxGpGb5
— Michael Vaughan (@Mike_Vaughan) July 26, 2014
When I found out that TOM CLEVERLEY would be Utd captain tonight pic.twitter.com/Lt7vENlElc
— E.K.R (@Edroch24) July 26, 2014
Tom Cleverley captain of MUFC in friendly against Roma tonight. Van Gaal does what he wants.
— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) July 26, 2014
— Etihad Stadium (@Etihad_Stadium) July 26, 2014
Van Gaal has named Tom Cleverley captain for today's game against Roma in another show of utter contempt of United's pre-season commitments.
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) July 26, 2014