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.

Skill

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

Makes sense

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.

 

Work rate

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!

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