Rooney likely to have the armband against Swansea but yet to convince van Gaal.
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Wayne Rooney is the frontrunner to be named as Manchester United captain, but still needs to prove his credentials to new manager Louis van Gaal, report the Daily Mail, who suggest that the England forward has two weeks to secure the long-term captaincy of the club.
Rooney is likely to have the armband for United’s opening Premier League fixture against Swansea City in less than two weeks’ time, as main rival for the position Robin van Persie is unlikely to be fit to play, but this does not mean that he has the position nailed down for the long term.
Van Gaal is, however, wary of handing the armband to Van Persie on a long term basis due to the Dutchman’s propensity to injury, despite the striker having captained his Netherlands side at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Centre back Jonny Evans has also been mentioned as a potential candidate for the position, but it is not even certain that the Northern Irishman will be first choice in the centre of defence.
This all leaves Rooney as the clear frontrunner, particularly as he has been a model professional during United’s tour of the USA, but van Gaal’s mind remains open for the time being at least.