London: Wayne Rooney has been named Manchester United captain by manager Louis van Gaal, the club announced.
Van Gaal has been impressed with the England striker’s approach since taking over at Old Trafford earlier this summer and believes he will give his heart and soul to his new role.
“For me, it’s always very important, the choice of captain,” the Dutchman said.
“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. ”
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,” added Rooney, referring to the opening Premier League fixture against Swansea City at Old Trafford.
Darren Fletcher has been appointed United vice-captain, with Van Gaal acclaiming the Scot as a “natural leader”.
Meanwhile, United have released Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard from his contract. (Agencies)