Wayne Rooney was always slated to be the new Manchester United captain, but since the appointment of Louis van Gaal as the Red Devils’ manager, there has been a suspicion that he will be stripped off of the skipper’s armband.
Robin van Persie is said to be the United captain for next season. The main reason put forth by most is the strong relationship he has with Van Gaal. The 30-year-old striker was made the Netherlands captain when the former Bayern Munich boss took over the Oranje’s first-team duties in 2012, and the duo have had a very good working relationship since.
How much Van Persie and Van Gaal respect each other and enjoy working with each other was clear by the way the former Arsenal star celebrated his two goals and the victory over Spain in the Oranje’s opening Group B game at the World Cup with the 62-year-old.
And now Australia assistant coach Ante Milicic has backed the former Feyenoord striker to be the captain for United next season.
‘Straight off the top of your head, you can think, look Van Persie's there, he's got him as the captain of his team in Holland, he could possibly be the new captain now at Man United’, he told told Goal.com. ‘So there's already some kind of a link going on there’.
Of course, this is Milicic’s personal opinion and he has no direct link with Van Persie or Van Gaal other than the fact that Australia will take on the Netherlands in a Group B clash on Wednesday.
However, the 40-year-old’s remarks are going to resonate with many United supporters and could spark a debate among them. Whether Van Persie becomes the Manchester outfit's captain next season, only time will tell.