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Manchester United boss hails Rooney's leadership qualities

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has praised striker Wayne Rooney's leadership qualities.

The England international scored and assisted in the Red Devils' 3-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday - and Moyes has since hinted that Rooney could be a future Manchester United captain.

"He is a big leader in the team and desperate for the team to be successful," the Scot told reporters. "Obviously, having a successful team helps him as well.

"He has got leadership qualities. He is a man when he is on the pitch."

Rooney has impressed this season, scoring seven goals in all competitions and earning regular praise from Moyes as a result.

He has also skippered the United team on two occasions this season, indicating that he will be a strong contender to take the captain's armband when Nemanja Vidic leaves Old Trafford.

Manchester United, inspired by Rooney and Robin van Persie, scored in a 12-minute spell against Fulham which Moyes described as "blistering".

He added: "We have had spells like that but we haven't scored the goals.

"I can think of two or three games very similar, where we have had that sort of play but not got the goals at the end of it.

"I think it has been coming in a way, and thankfully on Saturday we got them quite early on."

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