Manchester: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has told his new captain Wayne Rooney to “let it fly” ahead of their Premier League opener. The 28-year-old striker will lead United out at Old Trafford on Saturday for Van Gaal’s first competitive match. “In the US he scored a lot of goals and made a great amount of assists. I want to see that Wayne,” Van Gaal said. Asked why he opted to give Rooney the armband, Van Gaal said: “His attitude, of course. That is more on the pitch and on the training ground. Not so much outside the pitch but I have also explained to him that outside the pitch is also very important to me.

“He accepted the responsibility and I like him very much, how he trained and also how he performed in the games, how he performed to his fellow players. On Tuesday, I said to him that maybe it is too much for him to be captain. But let it fly, I said, let it fly.”

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