Rooney will lead out Manchester United against Swansea City on Saturday
Robin van Persie was the initial bookmaker favourite although Louis van Gaal has instead decided to give Wayne Rooney the captain’s armband ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
Rooney has reacted positively to the instalment of Van Gaal as the team’s new manager, with the Dutchman impressed by the way that the England striker has received the new ideas coming from the former Bayern Munich coach.
Meanwhile, Darren Fletcher has been appointed vice-captain, with Van Persie’s omission potentially down to the fact that the Dutch striker won’t be ready for the start of the new season due to his participation at the 2014 World Cup.
Van Gaal said: “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. Darren Fletcher will become the vice-captain. Darren is a natural leader and will captain the team when Wayne isn’t playing. Darren is a very experienced player and a very popular member of the dressing room, I know he will work well alongside Wayne.”
It suggests that Fletcher will be an integral part of the new United set-up, with the Scot and the new United captain delighted with the arrangement which will see both players take the armband this season.
Rooney said: “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.”
Fletcher said: “I am delighted to have been named as vice-captain. It’s a very proud moment for me and my family.”