Rooney reveals 'big factor' in Van Gaal captaincy decision

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Wayne Rooney has been speaking about becoming Manchester United captain.

This week Louis van Gaal finally ended months of speculation as to who would take over the captaincy at Old Trafford.

With Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra both departing and Ryan Giggs retiring the armband was free to any potential suitors. The press immediately decided it would be one of two players - Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney.

RvP was considered the favourite by many. He and van Gaal have an excellent relationship and the striker was made captain of the Dutch national team by his new Manchester United manager.

However Rooney was always 'destined' to captain the club and has also been there longer than RvP - making him a strong candidate. In the end, of course, Rooney did get the nod.

Van Gaal has alluded to his decision process in his press conference today. He said of Rooney as captain:

"His attitude [is the reason he got captaincy], of course. That is more on the pitch and on the training ground."

And now Rooney has spoken about the reasons why van Gaal might have decided to make him Manchester United captain. In an interview with the official club website he stated:

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"I think I'm quite vocal on the pitch and in the dressing room. I think the manager has looked at that and seen that I'm always trying to get the best out of myself and my team-mates and to encourage as well. I'm sure that was a big factor in the manager choosing me."

Rooney will lead out the side for the first time as the official captain against Swansea City tomorrow lunch-time. He will hope to have a winning debut - and maybe even a goal-scoring one.

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