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Wayne Rooney is one of the fan favorites to be the next captain of Manchester United, and his intensity on the pitch would serve him well in such a role.
It is impossible to ignore the massive impact Rooney has on the team. When he is in the team, United often win. When Rooney is unable to play, the team seems to struggle slightly without his influence.
With so much of the team centered around Rooney, it makes sense for him to be the captain.
Rooney displays a clear passion for the game. He is always looking to get involved all over the pitch. One moment he'll be back covering as a left-back—the next he is at the other end of the pitch scoring a goal. He has an attitude while playing that you want the rest of the team to emulate, and he's not one to shy away from telling players when they need to do better.
Anger issues plagued Rooney early in his career, but in recent seasons he has shown great maturity. While this change is good for keeping him out of trouble, there are also drawbacks.
Sometimes he seems almost too mellow on the pitch, and you want to see him show the same fire he once did.
Although it earned him a suspension, the passion Rooney showed celebrating his hat trick at West Ham last season is something he needs to demonstrate more. He can show that same level of intensity without swearing into cameras and getting into trouble.
There also remains concern over Rooney's commitment to the club after he attempted to force a transfer in October 2010, and indeed this is something that should be considered. His actions showed disrespect for the club, and a captain should always represent the club in a positive manner.
However, everyone deserves a second chance.
Rooney has demonstrated in his time at Old Trafford that he has the characteristics necessary for a captain, and should at least be considered when it comes time for the armband to be passed on.