Making van Persie United captain would have been disaster, says ex-striker

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Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has had his say on the club's captaincy decision.

Many were tipping Dutch star forward Robin van Persie to be one of the favourites for the captain's armband at United this season.

And those tips were rightly made; Robin van Persie has a very close relationship with United's new manager Louis van Gaal and the former Arsenal man was his choice as captain for the Dutch national team during the World Cup.

Van Persie would obviously have to compete with some of United's remaining stalwarts like Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher, who have both been at the club more than 10 years, for the prestigious armband.

Van Gaal eventually decided Wayne Rooney was the perfect candidate to take on the armband, vacated by Nemanja Vidic, and Darren Fletcher would be his vice-captain. So it seem Van Persie didn't get much of a look in.

Many of the United faithful were pleased to see their star player awarded the captain's armband. But some thought otherwise, still feeling aggrieved at how the English striker made two transfer requests, which resulted in two pay rises for Rooney.

However United's legendary forward, Dwight Yorke, was pleased to see Rooney given the responsibility ahead of his strike partner van Persie, a choice he claims would have been a 'disaster'.

The Trinidad and Tobago international played for United for four years between 1998-2002, where he scored 48 goals in 96 appearances and formed a formidable partnership with Andy Cole.

He told the Sun: "I think it's a fantastic move for the club and fantastic for Wayne too. He's been at the club 10 years this month, he remains the best player and for me he epitomises Manchester United.

"To me appointing van Persie would have been a disaster. Yes, he's done it for Holland and Arsenal but he's only been at United for five minutes.

"Wayne has played such a huge part of their success. He's a major figure in that dressing room. He's worked under some great United captains and he'll know all about how they did the job.

"Rooney is the most senior person there, you look at his form and the way he's conducted himself pre-season and for me he was the obvious choice."

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