In Wayne Rooney‘s absence, vice-captain Darren Fletcher is first in line to assume responsibilities but Bates reports the Scottish midfielder is unlikely to start, leaving the armband empty.
Van Persie is no stranger to being captain under Van Gaal having been given the responsibility for Holland at the World Cup and it would not be the first time Van Persie wore the armband at United either.
The 31-year-old has shown better form in his last two performances but as Van Gaal alluded to with his latest comments about having a lack of leaders, Van Persie needs to lead by example if he wears the armband against Everton.
This season has seen Van Persie work his way back to full match fitness and he has started to show the foundations of a strong partnership with Radamel Falcao up front for United, but he is still a shadow of the 2012 Van Persie that tore defences apart.
Being given the armband will be a big moment for Van Persie as he has long advocated the philosophy of Van Gaal and how important it is for every player to contribute, something the United boss would be all too aware of if he does decide to give the armband to Van Persie.