Wayne Rooney: It is an honour to captain Manchester United

Wayne Rooney is hopeful of bringing success to Manchester United after being handed the captaincy a year ago.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was honoured when Louis van Gaal awarded him with the club captaincy last summer.

The 29-year-old has had his run-ins with fans previously for allegedly wanting moves to Chelsea, as per the Guardian, and Manchester City, as per the Daily Mail, down the years, but now looks determined to take the role of captaincy in his stride and bring success to the club again.

When United took Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan at the start of the 2014/15 campaign, Rooney knew competition would be fierce for a role up front, with Robin van Persie also in contention. He ended up filling a deep midfield berth on a regular basis that never quite showcased his main attributes but after Christmas, when striking options dwindled, Rooney got his opportunity in his preferred position and Van Gaal clearly never wanted to look back.

"It was a huge honour to be given the captaincy, it was something I really wanted to do and hopefully I can be successful," Rooney said on Manchester United's 2014/15 season review DVD.

"There was no silverware for us this season, but it was really important that we got back in the Champions League, which we managed to do.

"Next season the focus will be on winning some silverware and I hope I can lead the team to doing that."

The England international, who is also skipper of his country, also had a run-in with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, as per the Daily Mail, that put his future at United in jeopardy at one stage. Nowadays, though, he is enjoying life under Louis van Gaal, who has a different style of management to David Moyes and Ferguson.

"It was exciting really, to have the chance to work under him," Rooney added.

"The record he’s got shows that he is a top manager and since he’s come in he’s been fantastic.

"He had faith in me and made me captain. Seeing the way he works and his different style of management, it’s clear why he’s been successful."

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