Is Wayne Rooney the Right Leader For Manchester United?

By Daviel James
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With the announcement of Wayne Rooney as the captain of Manchester United, many critics have sought to pin-point reason on why he may not be a good fit. Rooney takes the arm band from the former Manchester United captain, Nemanja Vidic, who moved to Inter Milan in the summer. Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has given the vice captaincy role to Darren Fletcher another player who was once plagued with health issues that threatened his career at United.

These two players are definitely some of the most experienced on the team, but are they really the right fit? If supporters were to look at other possible alternatives for the captaincy the debate would never cease to end. Most persons believe that if Patrice Evra did not move to Juventus FC then he would be the one to definitely inherit the captaincy. Rooney in his younger years was known as a player with a temper and as a captain it is required that you are the mediator on the field between the players and even between the players and the referee.

Fletcher, on the other hand, has been one of the longest serving players on the side at United. He has the experience, and even though he might not be first choice on the team sheet on most match days, he has the experience to carry a team and make decisions. The young players around him coming up at Manchester United respect both Rooney and Fletcher and that may have been the same reason why Van Gaal choose to deputize them as captains.

With such an experienced squad, the captaincy is something very integral to any team chemistry and morale. Van Gaal understands this perfectly and I think that he have made a brilliant choice here. If not, then this will be the beginning of sorrows.

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