Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has backed Wayne Rooney to aid the Old Trafford club through what he expects will be a significant transitional period, as reported by the Daily Express.
Moyes is also of the opinion that Rooney will benefit from being made captain of Man Utd, and will take the significant challenge in his stride.
The ex-Everton boss even thinks that the added responsibility will help Rooney reach new heights, rather than possibly weighing him down, and help him do greater things with both the Manchester club and England.
Moyes said: “It is a terrific time for Wayne professionally and he is ready for it.
“At this time in his career, I am sure he wants to take on that extra responsibility the captaincies bring. It could make him an even better player.
“He wants to show that development, he has proved he is a top player, now he will want to show he can take on the responsibility and be a top captain.
“He may be taking the armbands at a difficult time, everyone knows Manchester United are going through a transitional period. I don’t think the responsibility will weigh him down but instead help him kick on.
“He has always been a very determined person, determined to prove himself. He has proved himself a great player, now he will want to prove himself as a great captain and I think he will.
“He will want to lift trophies for United and England.”
Moyes struggled horribly while in charge of Man Utd last season, ultimately being sacked with the club languishing in seventh position in the Premier League. On the evidence of Louis van Gaal’s start at the club, however, it seems as though Moyes did not particularly underachieve. Van Gaal has failed to win any of his opening four fixtures, with a 4-0 loss to MK Dons in the League Cup a particular lowlight.