Louis van Gaal names Wayne Rooney as Manchester United captain [Tweets]

With Nemanja Vidic leaving for Inter Milan this summer, the Manchester United captain’s armband was left vacant and in need of a new owner.

Several players were put forward as genuine candidates: Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher, and the player many expected to inherit the role, Robin van Persie, due to his close ties with new boss Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman took his time and didn’t rush the decision, taking the pre-season tour of the US to get to know his players and what makes them tick.

And the Iron Tulip has opted for Wayne Rooney, a surprise choice for many, due to his history of rocking the boat (euphemism for ‘trying to leave), but Van Gaal doesn’t care about that – he’s come in as a new man, with a clean slate, and sees Rooney as his new on-pitch leader.

The news has provoked a bit of mirth on Merseyside, it’s not every day that a Scouser is named captain of Manchester United.