Manchester United are in the unusual position of already knowing that current captain Nemanja Vidic wont be at the club next season. Therefore, David Moyes must decide one who would be the best man to lead the team next season. Its also likely that a number of other senior players may also move on such as Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and even Robin van Persie. Its also reasonably likely that the squad will look quite different next season as Moyes looks to do a rebuilding job of sorts. One player that we all know will be integral to Uniteds plans next season and beyond is Wayne Rooney, especially now he has signed a new long-term deal but it remains to be seen if he is seen as having right character for the role. Personally, I would be in favour on it as I believe he leads by example. Now some people may say that he has a temper and might not always set the best example. However, he has matured a lot lately, and his workrate is of a different level to most players in the Premier League. So, lets delve a little further into this with strong opinions and stats sourced from Who Scored.
5. Hes Been Man Utds Best Player This Season
I have already mentioned how Rooney leads from example in terms of his workrate on the pitch. However, many people would say that workrate is the minimum you should expect from any professional footballer; its one of those statements that I understand but I dont agree with. Anyone that watches a decent amount of football will know that not all players work as hard as others. The bottom line though is its all about the end results of that workrate and Rooney produces in terms of his quality. EPL stats this season shows that he is the eighth best performing player, and most importantly the best performing Man Utd player this season. Furthermore, no player has created more goals in the league than the 10 assists that Rooney has managed. Other league stats this season include 11 goals as well as 3.3 shots, 2 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per match; he has also managed an average rating of 7.61. I think most people would agree thats an impressive data set. I also feel its a good reason to give him the captains armband as his performances may well prove to inspire his teammates.
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