Yesterday Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal named striker Wayne Rooney as captain for the upcoming season for United. This comes as no surprise as with the exit of Nemanja Vidic, there isn’t really a full-fledged captain for the team, which makes Rooney the perfect choice.
There was however rumors that Robin Van Persie was going to become captain due to Van Gaal managing RVP in the World Cup for the Netherlands and him captaining the squad, but fitness and the fact that Van Persie has been there 2 years compared to Rooney’s 10+ years makes the latter the best choice.
Now how does this affect the squad? Having watched United for some years, I can say that there hasn’t been a game where Wayne Rooney didn’t give his all. He is constantly going, always in top gear, and that kind of commitment and effort rubs off on everyone. He is also a good leader, isn’t afraid to yell at other players for not doing their jobs, and lead by example.
Darren Fletcher has also been named Vice-Captain for the team, which is a great choice. You can tell that Van Gaal loves Darren given how much he’s played in the preseason and how well he has played. Fletcher has been through a lot the past few years, him being elected Vice-Captain is absolutely heart warming.
Rooney being captain is a great choice, as there isn’t another player at Old Trafford that is more suitable to leading the Red Devils back to the Champions League than him.
With his role of captain at Manchester United, the pressure now mounts on Roy Hodgson to make the United star England captain as well since the retirement of Steven Gerrard.
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