Wayne Rooney has today expressed his pride at being handed the captain's armband at Manchester United by new boss Louis Van Gaal.
Rooney has been in great form for Manchester United in pre-season. Since England limped out of the World Cup at the group stage, the United forward has played with a hunger that clearly represents a man out to impress his new boss, and that is just what Wayne Rooney has done as he has been awarded he armband by Van Gaal. The enigmatic Dutch manager had this to say on his new captain:
Wayne has shown a great attitude towards everything he does. I have been very impressed by his professionalism and his attitude to training and to my philosophy. He is a great inspiration to the younger members of the team and I believe he will put his heart and soul into his captaincy role.
This is all a far cry from the out-of-shape, inconsistent Rooney who looked nailed on to leave the club towards the end of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign in charge. Under David Moyes, Rooney was Manchester United's best outfield player, and the upward curve looks set to continue.
Speaking on last night's announcement, Rooney described his delight at his new role for ManUtd.com:
It is a huge honour for me - and for my family - to be named captain of this great club. It is a role I will perform with great pride. Team spirit has always been very high in our dressing room and I am very grateful to the manager for the faith he has shown in me.
European qualification must be priority number one for Rooney and United, but there is definitely a sense of optimism around Old Trafford, and if Rooney can continue his early form under Van Gaal, he could help Manchester United to a much better league position than was achieved during David Moyes' disastrous campaign.
via The Independent.