All the talk in the build-up to Manchester United’s visit to East London was how they’d have to face West Ham without Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic.
Many believe that the Dutchman’s inclusion in the starting XI hinders the performances of Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa and, given the freedom with which the trio have played with, there could be an argument for it.
With the Red Devils showing they can cope without the former Arsenal striker, they’re also proving they have a ready made captain in Rooney to replace the departing el capitano Vidic, who is heading to Serie A.
Unbelievable! Twitter went into meltdown when Rooney, in front of a watching David Beckham, repeated Sir David’s superb goal against Wimbledon all those years ago.
If the captain’s armband means Rooney is able to finish such attempts, then David Moyes must be licking his lips in excitement
Was that Rooney goal the best goal you’ve seen this season?
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 22, 2014
Rooney has signed a new bumper five-year contract with Manchester United and, no matter what your opinion of him, he will have a great influence on the younger players. With Rio Ferdinand must likely leaving this summer and with Ryan Giggs not having much longer left at defying science, Rooney will become the most senior player at the club. It just makes sense.
I think rooney is the better option to replace vidic’s captain armband
— Awangku Él (@akliyaqat) March 22, 2014
A captain must lead by example and Rooney does just that. He epitomises that old fashioned good ol’ British bulldog mentality; he tracks back, chases lost causes and gets stuck in!
Rooney’s put in as the main striker. Still fins himself right at the back in defence. He has arguably the best work rate in the world.
— Armaan (@Ravenclarmaan) March 22, 2014