Schmeichel: Rooney is most important player in United history

Legendary Manchester United goalkeeper believes the current captain's role is bigger than it's ever been.

Former Manchester United mainstay Peter Schmeichel has lauded the club's aggressive recruitment policy.

Despite a stuttering start to the 2014-15 Premier League season, the arrival of a number of elite-level players over the course of the summer market has given great belief that United can vastly improve on their abysmal seventh place ranking from last season.

"The summer buys are exciting," said Schmeichel, of players like Ander Herrera, Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao.

Manchester United brought in seven players including deals for Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Vanja Milinkovic, with the majority of them expected to play regular first-team football.

With Wayne Rooney's new captaincy it is up to him to help lead the new players, Schmeichel argues, as "in terms of numbers it is also a lot of players who are all new and they don’t have the Manchester United values in them."

He continued: "If I see any problems then that is it. I don’t see enough of the United culture in the team. Even the manager Louis van Gaal as well hasn’t got it. To have that culture is very important. It would really be a shame if the culture of Manchester United dies because there is nobody to carry it on."

The fanfare that followed the addition of di Maria and Falcao at Old Trafford was almost canceled out by those who criticised the club for ratifiying the exits of players like Tom Lawrence and Danny Welbeck - two of the few stars who graduated from the academy.

“Wayne Rooney is going to be hugely important," Schmeichel said. "When those new players look around the dressing room they will only see Wayne with true Manchester United in him.

"From Wayne’s role being important it has now gone to super important. By being the most important at this moment makes him the most important United player in history for me.

“He is the captain of the club and his responsibilities to the team and the club have just grown. Hopefully he can do that job and I am sure he can."

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