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Rooney named United captain

13 August 2014 00:06

Manchester United have announced striker Wayne Rooney as their new captain, taking over from Nemanja Vidic.

Vidic departed for Inter at the end of last season after his contract expired, vacating the captain's armband at Old Trafford.

And the club confirmed on Tuesday that Rooney was the man coach Louis van Gaal had chosen to lead them into the new season, with Darren Fletcher as his deputy.

"For me it's always very important the choice of captain," said Van Gaal. "Wayne has shown a great attitude towards everything he does.

"I have been very impressed by his professionalism and his attitude to training and to my philosophy.

"He is a great inspiration to the younger members of the team and I believe he will put his heart and soul into his captaincy role."

Rooney captained United to a 2-1 friendly victory over Valencia on Tuesday and declared his pride at landing his new role.

"It is a huge honour for me – and for my family – to be named captain of this great club," he added. "It is a role I will perform with great pride.

"Team spirit has always been very high in our dressing room and I am very grateful to the manager for the faith he has shown in me.

"I look forward to leading the team out on Saturday at our first match of the new season."

United begin their Premier League campaign at home to Swansea City on Saturday.

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Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
16 August 2014
Game week
1
Kick-off
13:45
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
Old Trafford (Manchester)
Attendance
75339

Goals

0 - 1
28' Sung-Yong Ki
 (assist by G. Sigurðsson)
W. Rooney 53'  
1 - 1
1 - 2
72' G. Sigurðsson
 (assist by W. Routledge)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
12
4
42 83'
18 86'
24
21
35
10 53'
8
14
Coach: L. van Gaal
# Player Bookings
1
3 48'
6
22
2
15
12 26'
4 28' 82'
8 54'
23 72'
10
Coach: G. Monk

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
11
17
31
26
38
40
41
# Player Bookings
19
20
18
25
27
29
30

Wednesday 22 October

Tuesday 21 October

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22:51
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Monday 20 October

23:49
23:29
23:01
22:24
22:06
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21:25
21:13
21:04
19:54
19:47
19:21
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 8 +15 22
2 8 +10 17
3 8 +14 16
4 8 +4 13
5 8 +1 13
6 8 +3 12
7 8 +2 11
8 8 +1 11
9 8 -1 11
10 8 -1 11
11 8 +0 10
12 8 -8 10
13 8 +0 9
14 8 -1 9
15 8 -2 9
16 8 -3 8
17 8 -7 8
18 8 -6 7
19 8 -9 4
20 8 -12 4

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