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Football: Rooney ready to lead from the front for United

Published on Aug 16, 2014 6:26 AM
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (right) speaks to Spanish midfielder Juan Mata before taking a free kick during the pre-season football friendly match between Manchester United and Valencia at Old Trafford in Manchester. north west England on Aug 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Wayne Rooney believes he is ready to play a lead role in Louis van Gaal's Manchester United revolution after being appointed as the team's new captain.

Van Gaal named Rooney as the United skipper on Tuesday and he will wear the armband as permanent captain for the first time in Saturday's Premier League opener against Swansea at Old Trafford.

Before handing him the armband, United manager van Gaal reminded Rooney he must be a role model for United players and fans both on the pitch and off it.

His indiscipline has cost him in the past, but Rooney says he is now up to the task of being a responsible and successful captain.

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