Man United’s Wayne Rooney lifts lid on derby rallying call

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney discusses his role as Red Devils captain

Wayne Rooney says he is relishing the responsibility of wearing the captain’s armband at Manchester United.

The England international was named as Nemanja Vidic’s successor at the start of the season following the appointment of new manager Louis van Gaal.

Dutch midfielder Daley Blind credited Rooney’s pre-match team talk with inspiring the Red Devils to a 4-2 victory over Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday.

And the 29-year-old forward revealed that there have been times when he has felt it necessary to speak up and rally his team-mates in the Premier League campaign.

“There are times when you have to speak up,” Rooney is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“I did that before the Tottenham game because I felt I had to.

“We had 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.”

United eased to a comfortable 4-2 win against City on Sunday after goals from Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling.

Rooney has enjoyed a decent season under Van Gaal and the England captain has scored 12 goals in 28 Premier League appearances.

The Red Devils face Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

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