Louis van Gaal has been officially appointed as the new Manchester United manager, and judging from his glowing appraisal of Robin van Persie's qualities, the Netherlands boss looks to have clear plans as far as the Red Devils’ captaincy is concerned.
With Nemanja Vidic seeking a new challenge with Inter Milan and Patrice Evra expected to follow the Serb out of the door, Wayne Rooney was widely expected to be handed the captain's armband next season.
This summer will mark Rooney's first decade at Old Trafford and despite twice throwing a tantrum and threatening to leave the club, the England striker looked poised to be named captain, particularly after signing a new five-year deal a couple of months ago.
Van Persie, however, has emerged as favourite to take over from Vidic, after Van Gaal described him as a "fantastic captain", and the former Arsenal striker would fit the bill perfectly if he is given the armband next season.
While Rooney remains one of United's most valuable assets, Van Persie is arguably a more influential player than the 28-year-old; his absence last season only highlighted his importance for United, while having captained Arsenal, the Dutchman is also more experienced than Rooney in this particular context.
Van Persie's attitude under David Moyes came under scrutiny, but section of United fans wouldn't be happy to see a player who twice threatened to leave the club being handed the armband. Moreover, Rooney may actually thrive by not having more pressure piled onto his shoulders.
More importantly, Van Persie shares Van Gaal’s football philosophy, something the Netherlands manager considers crucial.
‘I think you always make a player captain when you have the same morals and philosophy’, said Van Gaal after his side drew with Ecuador on Saturday. 'Not only about football and tactics and what is happening on the pitch but about life. I think that’s very important and I believe that Van Persie and Van Gaal share the same philosophy’.
Who better to convey the message than Van Persie?