Van Gaal gave Van Persie the armband for the Netherlands friendly against Ecuador this weekend and the striker repaid his faith with an exquisite volleyed equaliser on the night.
It’s clear Van Gaal and Van Persie have a deeper relationship than simply being player and manager together, all of which points towards him getting the armband at United next season when Van Gaal is announced.
“He is my captain,” Van Gaal said.
“He is my top scorer in the 1½ years that he has played under me. He became all-time top scorer of the Dutch team, he plays superb football and even coming back from a bad injury, he scores a fantastic, unbelievable goal.
“I was happy with his performance, but he is also a fantastic captain. I think you always make a player captain when you have the same morals and philosophy.
Not only about football and tactics and what is happening on the pitch but about life. I think that’s very important and I believe that Van Persie and Van Gaal share the same philosophy.”
Van Gaal’s explanation of having a player who shares the same morals and philosophy as he does would certainly rule Wayne Rooney out of being United’s captain.
As for other candidates, the likes of Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher would be both be worthy of the armband but none of the candidates really stand out like a Roy Keane did. None would have that sort of presence, Van Persie included.
Regardless of that, Van Gaal’s understanding of Van Persie and vice versa certainly points towards him becoming our new captain.