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Premier League: Wayne Rooney Will Relish the Manchester United Captaincy

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One of Louis Van Gaal‘s first assignments was to make Wayne Rooney permanent Manchester United captain, as he took over from Nemanja Vidic, who moved to Inter Milan. With Ryan Giggs‘ retirement and Rio Ferdinand‘s move to Queens Park Rangers, Rooney found himself first choice to take over the mantle.

Now, Rooney has to prove to the fans, his manager and himself, that the new boss made the correct call and it’s something that the England star should relish. In Wayne Rooney’s first game as captain, it certainly didn’t go the way he would have wanted, as the Red Devils lost their first game of the season 1-0 to Swansea City.

Although the 28-year-old scored United’s only goal and had an all-round decent performance, he still would have been as hurt as anyone at the loss. Rooney certainly has the temperament and the passion to drive United forward and justify his new boss’ decision.

Rooney’s England teammate Phil Jagielka recently told the press that Rooney does indeed have the “passion” necessary not only to lead Manchester United but also to lead England too. The England captaincy is currently vacant due to the international retirement of Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney has been installed as favorite to be Gerrard’s successor.

Once again, it’s a job Rooney certainly wouldn’t shy away from and a job the England fans are sure to be happy with. Van Gaal recently praised Rooney’s “attitude” upon his appointment and seems to show every faith in the striker.

Liverpool-born Rooney leads his United side into battle on the weekend as the Red Devils travel to the Stadium Of Light to face Sunderland. Manchester United will be hoping for a better result than their opening day defeat, and Rooney will be looking for his first win as captain.

Gareth Hinton is a Soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Galccfc “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google