There’s more than one way to skin a cat — so they say — and there’s more than one way to captain one of the world’s biggest soccer clubs, according to Manchester United striker and captain Wayne Rooney.
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Rooney, who took over as United captain at the beginning of the 2014 season, spoke out this way about the way he captains the Man United squad, and how his style differs from that of former United skippers like Roy Keane and David Beckham.
Rooney, speaking about his captaincy, from the Daily Mail:
“You have to do it your own way. You can obviously look how people have done it before you but I have to be my own person and do what I feel is the best way for me to captain the team.
“Giggsy wasn’t captain here full-time in my time at United, but the things he’s done have been a big help and still now. There were also leaders like Roy Keane, Gary Neville and David Beckham.”
“The team spirit in the dressing-room is fantastic, but there are though obviously times when you have to speak up. I did that before the Tottenham game because I felt I had to. We had a bad defeat in the FA Cup against Arsenal and I just wanted to reiterate to the players what our targets were for the remaining games of the season.”
Rooney’s personality is, obviously, quite different from someone like Paul Scholes, who was very quiet, lead-by-example figure at United for 20 years. Then there’s the matter of Roy Keane, who as Rooney mentions, was the polar opposite of Scholes and more likely to tear a teammate apart limb by limb for not fulfilling his duties.
The one thing that every United captain of the last 25 years had in common? League titles, FA Cups, League Cups and, in a few instances, Champions League trophies. In the end, the trophy haul writes the captain’s legacy for him, not the other way around.