Manchester United's new manager says that he wants to appoint a captain with an 'English style.'
Rooney wore the armband for the Red Devils in their International Champions Cup triumph out in America against Liverpool last night and was in fine form.
He scored the United’s first goal of the night, which was the catalyst for their comeback, and also won the player of the tournament award.
It appears that his sustained excellence in his new manager’s first pre-season has not gone unnoticed, either, as Van Gaal dropped a hint that he could be in line to land the role.
The England international is the third United player to wear the armband under Van Gaal’s stewardship after Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley have also been put forward to captain the side during the pre-season and it appears that he could now keep it.
"I'm always looking for opportunities to give players the captain's armband,” Van Gaal said.
"Today, Rooney played 90 minutes for the first time. Fletcher has already done it twice and therefore he was the captain. Cleverley also played 90 minutes. I think you have to choose, when it is possible, the English style. That is when it is possible."
It is the second captaincy debate that Rooney is currently involved in, with England still looking to appoint one after Steven Gerrard’s retirement.
The 28-year-old is the favourite to land the honour for his country, but Joe Hart has also been mooted as a potential selection by Roy Hodgson.
Rooney’s natural passion makes him an obvious candidate to lead a team and, even if Robin van Persie was originally thought to be the man in line to take the accolade at club level, these comments may make him the favourite.
Van Persie is a known to get on well with Van Gaal from their time together with the Dutch national side, but it appears that the 62-year-old will favour appointing a domestically born player to lead his United side in his first season in charge.