Rumour: Robin van Persie to become Manchester United captain if Louis van Gaal becomes manager
With Louis Van Gaal’s appointment expected to be announced on Sunday, the next big question on everybody’s lips is who will Manchester United’s next captain be. According to leading Dutch journalist Pascal Kamperman, Robin van Persie is expected to be named as Manchester United’s new captain once the appointment of the Dutchman is confirmed.
Van Gaal, who is currently leading the Netherlands’ final training session before their friendly with Ecuador on Saturday is on very good terms with the talismanic Dutch striker, who is leading the Oranje into next summer’s World Cup in Brazil. The 62-year-old named van Persie as the skipper for the national side 11 months ago and the Dutch journalist believes that it will be van Persie who succeeds the outgoing skipper Nemanja Vidic.
On being asked about the captaincy scenario at Manchester United and whether van Persie will take over as captain, Kamperman told Sky Sports News “Yeah I think so because they do have a good relationship.”
He also added that after an initial settling in period, the pair started to gel very well. “At the beginning when van Gaal took over as the head coach of the Dutch national team they had to find their position a little bit. But after that it went really well and van Persie was very positive about him.”
“When van Persie was over here (in Holland) last month because of his injury they talked a lot about the World Cup and the way they like to play in Brazil. So yes he does have a very good relationship with him.”