Confirmed: Wayne Rooney is new Manchester United captain, Van Gaal reveals why

Manchester United have confirmed Wayne Rooney will be captain for the coming season.

Louis van Gaal has confirmed England striker Wayne Rooney will be Manchester United's captain for the coming season.

Rooney captained the side during the home win over Valencia, with his selection a real confidence boost for the striker. 

Louis van Gaal has told United's website why he selected Rooney, and feel he is ideally suited for the role.

"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."

With Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra departing the club over the summer, the vacancy arose, and allows Van Gaal to put his own stamp on the side.

Much speculation had stirred whether Rooney would get the nod, or Van Gaal's Dutch international captain- Robin van Persie.

Van Persie is yet to feature under Van Gaal in pre-season, due to his late return from the tournament and the need to get his fitness up to speed, and it is unclear whether he will play at the weekend against Swansea.

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