Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has revealed his enjoyment at being made club captain this season, and has been inspired by a host of experienced skippers for club and country to make the role his own with the Red Devils, reports Sky Sports.
The England international is now captain for club and country, but many were bemused by the decision, as Rooney isn’t normally the natural vocal leader on the pitch. However, the striker’s influence is said to have had a real bearing on the team, with the long-serving Manchester United man having given team talks that have had the desired effect in games.
Rooney added how he’s had a lot of players to take inspiration from at Manchester United, and during his time in the England national team. He’s been around for a long time, and is now playing with a host of younger players who will look up to him for his successful career, and now it’s his responsibility to be the leader of the side.
The ex-Everton man has been enjoying the role, and has been prepared to speak up when it’s called for. He was quoted as saying: “There are times when you have to speak up. I did that before the Tottenham game (3-0 win on March 15) because I felt I had to. We had had a bad defeat in the FA Cup against Arsenal (2-1 on March 9) and I just wanted to reiterate to the players what our targets were for the remaining games of the season. The players responded to that and we have had some good results.”
“Giggsy wasn’t captain here full-time in my time at United but the things he’s done have been a big help and still now. There were also leaders like Roy Keane, Gary Neville and David Beckham. There was Steven Gerrard and John Terry (for England), who were fantastic captains. There are different styles and different ways other people have done it. But I have to be my own person and do what I feel is the best way for me to captain the team. That is all I try to do.”
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