Wayne Rooney is concerned about Manchester United’s plan to install Louis van Gaal as manager, because of the Dutchman’s close relationship with Robin van Persie.

The United frontman is believed to be worried that the situation could revert to how it was during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge, when Van Persie became United’s first-choice striker.

Rooney was forced into a secondary role and nearly left the club, feeling he was being frozen out.

The England striker’s fortunes were transformed during David Moyes brief reign as he has enjoyed a return to form and signed a new long-term contract worth £300,000-a-week.

He was set to be named captain for next season when Nemanja Vidic departs for Inter Milan in the summer.

But that is not guaranteed now Van Gaal is set to be the new boss. The 62-year-old named Van Persie as Holland skipper last summer and has even invited the United striker to join him on scouting trips to Dutch League games in recent weeks while he has been recuperating from a knee injury at home in the Netherlands.

Van Persie was missing for much of Moyes’s short tenure due to injury after being credited with tipping the balance in United’s favour when they reclaimed the Premier League title from Manchester City.

The Dutchman has not been the same force this season despite scoring 17 goals, including a hat-trick on his last appearance against Olympiacos a month ago when he suffered the knee injury that was set to rule him out for the rest of the season.