Wayne Rooney praised by Bryan Robson

Rooney will be hoping to star at the Etihad  (©GettyImages)

Manchester United hero Bryan Robson has insisted that Louis van Gaal made the right decision by appointing Wayne Rooney as the club's captain, reports the club's official site.

Robson has also revealed that he doesn't expect Rooney to mess up again following his red card against West Ham United, despite the player being under more scrutiny than ever before. 

Speaking at a Q&A session with United fans, Robson said: "I think the manager made the right decision in making Wayne captain. There wasn't anybody who stood out above Wayne; he's as good a captain as we've got at United.

"The way Wayne goes about the game, works hard for his team-mates and works hard for himself, is an example to everyone. The one thing Wayne has to take on board is that he's under even more scrutiny now.

"We saw him get sent off recently and, as a captain, you can’t be doing that. But Wayne knows that – I spoke with him at the training ground after the incident and he's well aware of it."

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Robson is adamant that Rooney has calmed down and matured in recent years, and has backed him to impress over the coming months. 

He continued by saying: "He's calmed down an awful lot in recent years. When he was 18 he hadn't matured; now it looks like he's beyond that. But in my mind I think he's done that because he's keen to impress, desperate to show people he cares. I don't think it'll happen again."

Starter at the Etihad 

Rooney could return to the club's starting line up as they travel to the Etihad to take on Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday. In fact, Van Gaal could also start Colombian hit-man Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Angel di Maria in an extremely attack-minded line-up. 

Manchester United fans will be hoping that the club's attacking stars are at their best at the Etihad, as they go in search of a positive result. The Red Devils are already way off the pace in the Premier League title race, so won't want to fall even further behind table-toppers Chelsea. 

City, on the other hand, will also be hoping to secure the victory, with Manuel Pellegrini's side struggling for form. A 2-0 defeat against Newcastle United this past week knocked them out of the Capital One Cup, and they will be hoping to bounce back in style against their local rivals. 

Manchester United fans: Do you want Rooney to start on Sunday? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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