Ex-Liverpool ace slams Man United captaincy

Wayne Rooney is not the right man to be captain of Manchester United, according to former England and Liverpool star Stan Collymore.

The Three Lions ace was given the armband by new boss Louis van Gaal over the summer following the exit of Nemanja Vidic, in a move that was criticised by some.

Although he’s one of the club’s all-time greats in terms of goals scored, Rooney’s temperament has often been criticised down the years.

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His actions once again made front and back page headlines last weekend as he was given a straight red card for a wild hack at West Ham’s Stewart Downing, and although Collymore doesn’t believe that the 29-year-old should be written off for such an act, he is sure that he’s not the correct player to captain United:

“I don’t think Wayne Rooney has represented the best of Manchester United of the last four or five years, if I’m being honest,” he told Bleacher Report.

“Should Wayne Rooney be thrown under the bus for being sent off? No, not really.

“Five years is a long time between sendings off. But should he be captain of Manchester United? No, I think that Louis Van Gaal should be looking elsewhere for the longer term.”

But Collymore went on to say that Rooney is still vital for United:

“Let’s not forget, he’s won multiple Premier Leagues, he’s a Champions League winner, he’s approaching 100 caps for England, and a very, very experienced and useful man to have in and around your team and your squad.”

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