Wayne Rooney was given the captain’s armband for the first time under Louis van Gaal last night against Liverpool and the Dutchman has explained that he wanted to give the opportunity to be captain to as many people as possible.
Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley were also named captain for other games earlier in the tour and it’s clear that Van Gaal wants to give it to more than one person before he makes his final choice on who he picks as full-time captain.
However, Van Gaal did allude towards picking and Englishman for the role which would certainly suggest Rooney is in the running.
“I am always looking for opportunities to give players the captain’s armband,” he said.
“Today Rooney played 90 minutes for the first time.
“Fletcher had already done it three times, then he was the captain, and Cleverley because he also had 90 minutes.
“I think you have to choose, when it is possible, the English style. That is when it is possible.”
Rooney is one of the bookies favourites to take the armband as is Robin van Persie but with Van Gaal chopping and changing on tour, he has made it difficult to decipher who will be given the responsibility on a permanent basis just yet.