Wednesday, 13th August, 2014

Former Manchester United defender John O'Shea feels that Wayne Rooney has earned the club captaincy.

Louis van Gaal anointed the England striker as the Manchester United captain for this season last night, and Darren Fletcher was named his deputy.

"Wayne is a fantastic player, has been at the club for such a long time and won that respect over the years”, the Irish international told the BBC.

O’Shea feels that Van Gaal chose Rooney over the others as the England striker is a big presence in the dressing room and the youngsters look up to him.

He further added the former Everton man deserves the Manchester United captaincy as he has earned it with his goals and the number of trophies he won over the years.  


"Obviously the new manager has come in and had a look at all of them but opted for Wayne.

"There will have been lads in that dressing room who already looked up to him an unbelievable amount for the goals he scored and things he has done.

"He has reached that point where he is a leader and he has plenty of experience."

Rooney will lead the Manchester United side out against Swansea City for their first league fixture this season at Old Trafford this Saturday.

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