Wayne Rooney has an opportunity to convince Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal that he should be the club’s next captain.
The Daily Mail claims Rooney has two weeks to convince LvG that he can be United’s leader, as Robin van Persie nurses his way back to a state of full match fitness.
Van Persie was given extra time off following his World Cup exploits with the Netherlands and isn’t expected to be ready for the game against Swansea City on the opening day of the new season.
“Wayne Rooney has two weeks to convince Louis van Gaal he can be the next captain of Manchester United,” reports the Mail.
“It is understood Rooney remains the front-runner to start the season as skipper because main captaincy rival Robin van Persie will not be match fit for the opening Barclay’s Premier League game against Swansea a week on Saturday.”
It’s a debate which has rolled on throughout the summer but van Persie appears to have the edge because he was captain for van Gaal during the Netherlands’ World Cup campaign.
Van Persie has the experience of the armband whereas Rooney has only done the job temporarily in the past.
Rooney definitely has the qualities necessary to leave this Manchester United side as he’ll be an Old Trafford star well into his 30s.
His passion and desire to lead from the front in big games has sometimes got him into trouble, but that sort of attitude has the ability to rub off on others in the right way.
His passion is also something which frequently sees him trying to put a bit of pressure on the referee to ensure consistency and fairness for both himself and his United teammates.
It could get the very best out of him once the competitive action gets under way and he should be going all out of the next fortnight to make the decision a simple one for his new boss.