Wayne Rooney has revealed that the captaincy has seen him have a more influential role with the young players at Manchester United.

There are different things you have to get involved in, in terms of meetings outside the club and trying to have an influence on the youth development in the club. So certain things like that are great to have a say in and an influence on how things are going. But it’s all something I’m happy to do. I’m enjoying it but, again, the main thing I want to do as captain is to be successful [as a team] because that will be a great honour. It’s not just me but a lot of us – especially the lads who have been here for a long time like myself, Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick. There are a lot of us who can help these younger players with our experience of being through what they are going through now. We’ve also had a lot of young players actually coming into the first-team squad this season, with the likes of Willo [James Wilson] and Tyler Blackett. Even though they might not realise they need help, they sometimes need the guidance that will help them in their careers.




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