The new Old Trafford boss has made the Dutch striker his national team captain, but would the England star be a better option ahead of a push to become title contenders again?
Louis van Gaal was officially appointed Manchester United manager on Monday and while his immediate focus will be on the Netherlands' World Cup campaign, the Dutchman has plenty of work to do at Old Trafford.
The former Barcelona boss has already drawn up and handed in a transfer wishlist to the powers that be at United.
And now, with Nemanja Vidic on the way to Inter this summer, Van Gaal must decide who is going to captain his new club next season.
The 62-year-old openly discussed his reasons for handing the Netherlands captain's armband to Van Persie prior to his official appointment as United boss.
“He is my captain,” he said after a friendly against Ecuador. “He is my top scorer in the one-and-a-half 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.”
Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, was understood to be set to take on the role of captain when he was awarded a bumper new contract under David Moyes last season.
The striker will go to the World Cup with plenty to prove and could display his leadership credentials with England.
But Van Gaal is also keen for Patrice Evra to remain at Old Trafford, despite uncertainty surrounding the left-back's future.
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