Ex-United defender backs Rooney as captain

Wayne Rooney

Danny Higginbotham believes Louis van Gaal made the right choice in selecting Wayne Rooney as Manchester United's captain.

Rooney's captaincy was confirmed after United's 2-1 pre-season victory over Valencia at Old Trafford last night.

The decision was met with mixed reaction from some United supporters with a section of them still bitter about the fact that the 28-year-old has twice requested a transfer, and both times the request has resulted in Rooney signing a new contract with a pay-rise.

But Higginbotham, who came through the youth ranks at United, has jumped to the Englishman's defence by comparing his past with that of Old Trafford legend Roy Keane.

The Welshman posted on his Twitter account: “Great decision to make Wayne Rooney captain at Manchester United. Great leader, vocal and one of the first names on the team sheet.

“For all people saying that Rooney shouldn’t be captain due to previous things then look no further then Roy Keane one of United’s greatest.

“100% think that Rooney is the right choice for captain. Can those that disagree tell me one thing. Who would you have as captain?

Dutch striker Robin van Persie was thought to be in the running to take the captain's armband, but the former Arsenal man has missed out on both positions as Darren Fletcher has been handed the vice-captaincy.

Rooney follows in the footsteps of United greats: Nemanja Vidic, Gary Neville Roy Keane, Bryan Robson and Bobby Charlton in captaining the club.

This year will be a momentous one for the former Everton man as it is now 10 years since he joined the 20-times Premier League champions. 

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