Dutch expert reveals van Gaal's captain but he is all wrong for United

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Robin van Persie is a lock to be Manchester United's captain, according to a man in the know from the Netherlands.

According to Pascal Kamperman via Sky Sports, Robin van Persie will be the next Manchester United captain if, as expected, Louis van Gaal takes on the managerial reigns of the Old Trafford outfit.

"They do have a good relationship," he said. "At the beginning when van Gaal took over as the head coach of the Dutch national team they had to find their position a little bit. But after that it went really well and van Persie was very positive about him.

"When van Persie was [in Holland] last month because of his injury they talked a lot about the World Cup and the way they like to play in Brazil - he does have a very good relationship with him."

The news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that the United striker, who played just 21 Premier League games due to a campaign blighted by muscular injuries, will don the armband for the Oranje at the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

But is he the right man for United?

Wayne Rooney would be a popular choice for a United captain as he displays traits long instilled into Red Devil culture such as passion and work-rate. Should Patrice Evra continue to have United listed as his employer then he, like Rooney, would be a favourite for the role.

But van Persie? The same injury-prone man who complained earlier in the season about team-mates getting in his way on the field? Are these the leadership skills the United team will respond to?

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