Louis van Gaal has appointed Wayne Rooney as new captain of Manchester United. He replaces Nemanja Vidic who left the Premier League side.
Louis van Gaal announces new captain
Van Gaal, the new manager of Manchester United, waited until the last week before the start of the Premier League season 2014 – 2015 to announce the new captain. Wayne Rooney was in the English media one of the favorites for the captaincy of the English club from Manchester, but for instance attacker Robin van Persie, under Louis van Gaal captain of the Dutch national soccer team, was also a primarycandidate.
Darren Fletcher is the Manchester United vice-captain for the Premier League 2014 – 2015 season.
“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”, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal commented on the Manchester United – website.
Wayne Rooney said in a reaction to the news that he feels honoured to be the captain of such a great club.
Appointment Wayne Rooney not uncontroversial
The appointment of Wayne Rooney as captain of Manchester United is not uncontroversial. In the past, the attacker of the English national team was sometimes negative in the news because of his aggression and behavior on the soccer, which sometimes earned him a suspension for one or more games.
In addition, in the past some fans of the English club put the loyalty of Wayne Rooney in question, as he tried to leave Manchester United a few times.
Why Wayne Rooney is a good captain
However, there are a number of things that speak in favor of Wayne Rooney:
He is without doubt one of the top players of Manchester United. The club did not perform well under former manager Moyes during the 2013 – 2014 Premier League season, and soccer experts think that the team does not have the same quality as previous years, but the skills of Wayne Rooney are certainly not in question.
He also has been playing for Manchester United for many years and therefore brings a lot of experience in the team.