Manchester United’s new captain, Wayne Rooney, says that walking out at Old Trafford with the armband on was a huge honour for him.
The England international has been named as Louis van Gaal’s captain for his debut season in charge and he led the side for the first time in his new role in the Red Devil’s final match of pre-season against Valencia last night.
United won the match 2-1 to round off an unbeaten pre-season, but Rooney’s start to life as captain of the club didn’t go exactly to plan as he missed a penalty in the first-half.
It wasn’t to matter, but he will be looking to be more deadly from the spot when the competitive season starts on Saturday.
The miss didn’t take the gloss off of being announced as new captain for Rooney, though. He posted a picture on Instagram today, which can be seen above, with him proudly displaying the captain’s armband on his sleeve and spoke about how honoured he was to receive it.
He wrote, on the social media site: “Walking out last night as captain of @manchesterunited was an unbelievably proud moment for me and my family.
“It’s a huge honour for me to captain this great club and I will take great pride in doing so. I would like to thank all the fans for their support, I am looking forward to the exciting times ahead and leading their club to more success”
United take on Swansea in the opening fixture of this year’s Premier League and Rooney and his team-mates will be looking to make a statement of intent for the rest of the year as they look to climb back into title contention.
United were well off the pace last year, under the stewardship of David Moyes, but the hope is that they will return to the best under Van Gaal – who has experience of managing at the top level across Europe.
One of his first major decisions has been to name Rooney as captain and it seems to have gone down well with the 28-year-old, who will be expected to be United’s talisman next year.
It could be the first of two captaincy roles that Rooney is given in quick succession – as he is also the favourite to be named as the man to take over from Steven Gerrard for England.