Wayne Rooney named Manchester United captain.
Louis van Gaal has announced that Wayne Rooney will become the new team captain of Manchester United, with Darren Fletcher as vice-captain.
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 said: “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.”
Manchester United arrives ahead of the Pre Season Friendly match between Manchester United and Valencia at Old Trafford on August 12, 2014 in Manchester, England.
Manchester United arrives back in the UK after their pre-season tour of the United States at Manchester Airport on August 5, 2014 in Manchester, England.
Flights into Manchester Airport were temporarily suspended for 25 minutes today, after a military jet escorted the Qatar Airways Airbus A330-30 passenger plane to the airport following reports of a possible device on board. Manchester Police have arrested a man on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat. All passengers have now left the plane and the airport is operating a normal service.