Rooney: No problems if Van Persie is Manchester United captain

The striker insists he is interested in succeeding Nemanja Vidic as captain at Old Trafford but would have no qualms with the Dutch striker being handed the armband

Wayne Rooney says he would welcome the chance to become Manchester United’s new captain but maintains he would have no problem if the armband was given to Robin van Persie.

A new captain will be appointed at Old Trafford ahead of the new season following Nemanja Vidic’s departure to Inter, while Patrice Evra, the club’s vice captain, is set to leave this summer as a free agent.

“I am interested in the captaincy,” said Rooney at a press conference.

“I’ve captained United a few times and to get it on a full-time basis would be great.”

Van Persie is Netherlands’ captain and has been tipped to be given the role at club level by new United manager Louis van Gaal.

“I feel I am ready [to be captain], but it’s the manager’s decision,” Rooney continued.

“If he chooses someone else, then honestly I’ve got no problems with that.

“I will respect his decision. Robin is captain of his country, he has captained Arsenal and if Robin gets the nod to be captain, then I’m sure he’ll do a great job.”

Rooney believes the arrival of Van Gaal will give him a fresh incentive and admits he will need to show his worth at United.

“When a new manager comes in, you always feel you have to prove yourself over again,” said the striker.

“You don’t know what ideas he has got or how he wants to play. I have not met him yet.

“So when we’ve finished the World Cup and when we go back into training, it will be like a new start and you’ve got to prove yourself again to make sure the manager picks you.”

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