RedAdam said:i noticed it at the game, as did a couple of lads behind me. it's great to see that coming on at 2-0 up, still in 1st gear, that he has the professionalism and enthusiasm to drive the team on, knowing that 4 or 5 goals might be there for the taking if we up the tempo a bit. it epitomizes why i love rooney to be honest.
as has been said, he's had it a couple of times, but only really in games where the others have been rested. i recall coventry?
and yes he is vocal enough to be captain, and he certainly leads by example in terms of ability. rio is certainly ahead of him, and i think that someone like that, who plays in the middle or at the back is the best choice generally.
i know that an inspirational performance can lift a team, but if rooney is to be playing up front for us, you would rather someone like rio in defence, to be watching the game, making sure the defence is holding its line, people doing the right things etc. that's the captain's job. it's the reason why you rarely see a great captain who plays up front.
cantona the exception of course.
finally, if he were to have any chance, he needs to lead by example attitude-wise also. if he's having a swipe at someone, or kicking out when fouled, it's hardly the example that we want the captain to set.
just read above, about the aggression that was such a part of cantona and keane's game. i agree that removing aggression from wayne completely would do more harm than good. but you rarely saw keane do something for the sake of it. he always felt he could justify himself, whether protecting his team, or attending to personal business. rooney isn't doing that yet. if he was, i would be applauding it
I have several problems with Rio as captain:RedForceRising said:Rio is the current favourite, because he doesn't lose it, BUT if Rooney can stop kicking out and hitting out at opponents, he would make an inspirational captain...
Looking at the current squad, I think if Rooney could quit the petulent stuff he would make a better and more influential captain than Rio or Hargreaves.
Man... I would have just written "Rio's lips look like a ****"moondog said:I have several problems with Rio as captain:
- He tends to yell and scream at people WAY too much. You have to pick your spots, otherwise players will eventually just tune you out.
- He seems to be way too excitable on the pitch during critical situations. If you ask me, it's Vidic who keeps everything calm in a crisis. You need a captain to have a calming influence.
- He plays the blame game all of the time. This is not constructive. A player makes a mistake, he knows it better than anyone. A quiet word of criticism or, better yet, encouragement works wonders in these situations.
- He does not seems to accept responsibility when he makes a gaffe. Witness the CL final - he made two mistakes that led to the tying goal and he still looked around for someone else to blame. Face it Rio, you @#$%ed it up!
Although still very excitable, Wazza seems to have a better temperment for the job, and he would only get better. And think of what a positive effect it might have on his performance.
Just my opinion tho...
He was captain against FC Copenhagen in the Champions League the season before last, and he has had it on a couple of other occasions I believe (against Southend seems to ring a bell)Jazz 16 said:Yes he was. He nagged fergie to make him captain for some game. It was last season
in a cup game I think, when most of the other 'captains' were being rested.
I reckon he has had the armband 2/3 times but I couldnt tell you exactly.
Keane did try to punch Shearer aboabojodeh said:would Keano or King Eric and go and punch Marrison if they were in the same situation ?