Wayne Rooney set to be denied Manchester United captaincy in favour of Robin van Persie

According to the Daily Star, Wayne Rooney is set to be snubbed for the Manchester United captaincy by incoming boss Louis van Gaal. Rooney had been touted as the long-term replacement to outgoing club captain Nemanja Vidic, but it looks as though Robin van Persie could be named the next permanent United skipper.

Van Gaal, 62, could be named Manchester United boss as early as this week as talks continue, and the Dutch manager is believed to favour his fellow Dutch compatriot in the form of Robin van Persie.

The lack of real leaders at Manchester United has been well documented in recent weeks, with the frontrunners for the armband including Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney.

Van Gaal made Robin van Persie his international captain when he was named Holland boss, and the pair have recently been spotted watching an Eredivisie game together, and Mrs Van Persie is also good friends with Mrs Van Gaal. All these little things add up to suggest that Van Persie is now favourite for the role, but it is by no means a certainty at this stage.

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