A select round-up of news relating to Manchester United…
The British press have this morning run a series of stories suggesting Wayne Rooney could be on the verge of taking the full-time Manchester United captaincy next season.
The stories stem from comments from his manager David Moyes following the 2-0 victory over West Ham United on Saturday, after which the United boss said, “He wants to take responsibility. It’s for him to show it and you have to say that he showed it.
“I’ve said there will be no decision until next season (regarding the captaincy). I thought Wayne picked up and did what he needed to do.”
He certainly did, with two goals including a sublime long-range lob. But United fans will have to wait a little longer before they find out who is the new permanent holder of the armband.
In other news, David Silva has said United are yet to get the best out of their club-record signing Juan Mata.
In quotes published by the Independent in the build-up to tomorrow’s derby, the Manchester City player said, “It’s a difficult situation for him because the team is not playing that well.
“They have not managed to bring out the best in him, but he is a very talented player and he will show it.”
Some would suggest that he showed it at Upton Park, where his link-up play with Rooney pointed to an exciting and effective partnership between the two.
In reference to the recent defeat to Liverpool, the midfielder said, “We suffered just as much as the fans. It’s horrible after a game like that. We’re well aware of what those games mean to everyone and, believe me, it means the same to the players.”
He also spoke about the upcoming derby, saying that while it would “not repair any of the damage done in recent months” he understood the importance of a victory to the fans.