Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has admitted that he has been giving pre-match speeches ahead of important games this season, according to the London Evening Standard.
Earlier this season Daley Blind revealed that Rooney had given an inspiring speech to rest of the squad the night before the Tottenham game, in which the United and England skipper performed impeccably.
Earlier this week his Dutch teammate revealed he gave another inspiring talk that focused on ending the poor run of results against Manchester City, prior to the Manchester derby win at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Since that team talk ahead of the Spurs game, United have embarked upon a four-game winning streak which included victories over three teams rivalling the Red Devils for a Champions League spot.
The 29-year-old forward himself has since praised the spirit in the Old Trafford dressing room that has revived United’s season after crashing out of the FA Cup to Arsenal earlier in the year.
“The team spirit in the dressing room is fantastic. There are though obviously times when you have to speak up. I did that before the Tottenham game because I felt I had to,” Rooney said.
“I’ve always been quite vocal in the dressing room before games and I felt the time was right for me after we’d lost to Arsenal in the FA Cup, to put a few points across to the players which I thought might help the team.
“I’m not saying what’s why we won the games against Tottenham and Liverpool but it certainly didn’t cause any harm doing it. It just felt like the right time for me to say something."
Rooney only took over the armband last season following the departure of Nemanja Vidic, yet the striker has already made the role his own and can look forward to leading arguably the biggest club in England for many more years to come.
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