Sep 5, 2013; San Jose, COSTA RICA; General view of Nike soccer balls at United States training session at Estadio Nacional in advance of the FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Wayne Rooney a candidate for Manchester United captaincy


Wayne Rooney’s relationship with Manchester United has been tense at times recently. Despite that and apparent transfer rumors, Manchester United manager David Moyes said he can see a day when Rooney wears the armband as Captain. Rooney has worn the armband before, most recently against Liverpool in September during the Capital One Cup play.

“I think Wayne has always had the ability to be a captain,” Moyes told British national newspapers. “He’s got that love of football as the biggest thing because he loves the game and loves the ball and kicking it around. He’s a natural and, in his own way, leads by example in what he tries to do. In future years, he could be the skipper here.”

Moyes isn’t necessarily considering changing the captaincy anytime soon. Currently, Nemanja Vidic serves as captain and Patrice Evra serves as vice-captain. There are also senior players on the squad, like Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand, who could be ahead of Rooney.

“I don’t see any reason to change it [the captaincy]. I’m happy as they work very well and I see Vida, Evra, Rio — all the experienced boys — are great behind the scenes. All, in their own right, are really good captains. Vida wears the armband but I use them all for their guidance and experience.”

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