Louis van Gaal won’t rush Man United captaincy decision

Louis van Gaal insists he won't rush his decision about who to appoint as Manchester United's next captain

Louis van Gaal says he will take his time before choosing his Manchester United captain.

Striker Robin van Persie has been touted as a candidate to take the armband at Old Trafford following Nemanja Vidic’s departure at the end of last season, with Wayne Rooney also said to be in the running.

I’ll use my time for it. The captain of a team is very important

Louis van Gaal

But the 62-year-old, who was unveiled to the media on Wednesday, insists that he wants to get to know his squad better before making the “very important” decision about the captaincy.

“All the players are a possible candidate,” said Van Gaal. “I have to get to know them, so I’ll use four to six weeks.

“For me, the captains’ role is very important and therefore I need time. Sometimes I didn’t have the time, and I had to make quick decisions and quick decision are not always good.

“I’ll use my time for it. The captain of a team is very important.”

Van Gaal, who has signed a three-year contract with the Red Devils, vowed to give his best at the “biggest club in the world”.

“I will do my utmost best. That’s what I can give,” he said.

“I cannot give predictions because you never know. It’s the biggest club in the world. In two days I know already how important Manchester United is.

“I have to prepare a team and adapt to this big club. It shall not be easy but I’ll do my best.”

The Dutchman continued: “When you see my career you will see what I have one. The future shall show if I can do that again.

“The owners and the CEO have a lot of confidence in me. I explained my philosophy and they were excited, and because of that I’m here. We’ll have to see if I can fulfil the expectations.”

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