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Wayne Rooney Named Manchester United Captain

wayne rooney2 600x600 Wayne Rooney Named Manchester United Captain

Louis Van Gaal has named Wayne Rooney as the captain of Manchester United, with Darren Fletcher taking the vice-captain position.

Rooney, 28, has been at Old Trafford since 2004 after his £26million move from Everton at the age of 18. He has since scored 158 goals in over 300 appearances for the club as well as lifting 5 Premier League titles. With the departure of senior players Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, Rooney has slotted into the captain’s armband for a new look United side.

Speaking to the official club website, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal said:

“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.

“Darren Fletcher will become the vice-captain. Darren is a natural leader and will captain the team when Wayne isn’t playing. Darren is a very experienced player and a very popular member of the dressing room, I know he will work well alongside Wayne.”

Wayne Rooney said: “It is a huge honour for me – and for my family – to be named captain of this great club. It is a role I will perform with great pride. Team spirit has always been very high in our dressing room and I am very grateful to the manager for the faith he has shown in me. I look forward to leading the team out on Saturday at our first match of the new season.”

Darren Fletcher also told the club website: “I am delighted to have been named as vice-captain. It’s a very proud moment for me and my family. Wayne and I have always worked well together and we will continue to work closely together in our new roles. I would like to thank the manager for putting his trust in me.”

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