Wayne Rooney has told The Sun that he never writes his speeches and wants to do things his own way.
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While the Manchester United skipper has played under great captains such as Roy Keane, David Beckham, John Terry, and close friend Steven Gerrard, he claims he has resisted the urge to copy anyone.
“You can obviously look how people have done it before you” he said. “There are different styles and different ways other people have done it, but I have to be my own person and do what I feel is the best way for me to captain the team. That is all I try to do.”
Rooney used the same interview to play down claims that he is responsible for United’s upturn in fortune, claiming that Louis Van Gaal deserves all the credit. Since losing to Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter final, United have beaten Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa, and Manchester City in successive games to put themselves with touching distance of a guaranteed spot in next season’s Champions League.
“We’d had a bad defeat against Arsenal and I just wanted to reiterate to the players what our targets were for the remaining games of the season” he said. “The players responded to that and we have had some good results.”
United now face successive away games against Chelsea and Everton. Two wins would see them well clear of fifth place Liverpool, while two losses could see Liverpool move within two points of the Old Trafford side.