Throughout the season Wayne Rooney has been linked with a move away from United to Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
A former director at the French club – Michael Moulin, owner of French Media outlet Le Sport, revealed to the press: “I announce to you from trusted sources; Rooney to PSG is done. He will be there next season.”
Rooney has been linked with a £30m summer move to PSG, despite United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insisting that the striker will be at the club next season.
When asked again whether Rooney would be at United next season, Ferguson stated: “Absolutely. There’s no doubt about that.”
He also attacked claims that his relationship with the England international was strained.
“To say I don’t talk to him at the training ground is absolute nonsense.”
However, it's been reported that Manchester United are in fact readying a new four-year deal for Rooney. With Rooney's long-term future seemingly at Old Trafford, he would be the perfect candidate to become the next captain at the Theatre of Dreams.
Nemanja Vidic is the epitome of a Manchester United captain: strong, commanding, experienced and a leader. The Manchester United defence is formidable with just the Serbian's presence in the side. However, Vidic is now 31 years old and has just returned from two years of injury hell. The long-term future of the current skipper is uncertain, whilst vice-captain Patrice Evra turns 32 this month.
United are currently a team in transition. With new players coming in and younger players on the rise, Sir Alex will soon have to settle on a new captain. There is a need for leadership and continuity at United, and Rooney fits the bill to perfection.
Rooney is the most experienced starter at Manchester United. He joined United back in 2004 as an 18 year old and has racked up over 400 appearances for the club, at just the age of 27.
Whilst Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have racked up over 1600 combined appearances for Manchester United, they are no longer regular starters at the club.
Rooney may have had his difficulties this season, but his amenability has been undermined this season by sections of the media. There is not one player in the Manchester United squad who has the ability, passion or desire to play any position on the park as well as Wayne Rooney.
With 16 goals and 15 assists in all competitions for Manchester United this season, it's hardly been a bad return for a man who has spent times on the sideline through injury as well as being played out of position.
Rooney has matured into one of the finest forwards in the world. His technique, vision, professionalism, discipline and behaviour have improved a great deal over past two years.
He has acquired the vision and technique to play anywhere across the field – as an attacking midfielder, trequartista, centre midfield, lone forward, and even spells on the wing.
Next season will be Rooney's tenth at Manchester United. With over 400 appearances for the club and 10 years of unparalleled success, Rooney has all the credentials to be the next Manchester United captain.
At just 27 years old, Ferguson will have to build the next dynasty of stars at the club around Rooney.
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