De Gea: Wayne Rooney a great leader

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has hailed the leadership of skipper Wayne Rooney.

Rooney has missed United’s last three games with an ankle injury, delaying the striker’s 500th appearance for the club.

But De Gea has revealed that Rooney is still playing an important role as skipper as he played down talk of player unrest over under-fire boss Louis Van Gaal.

De Gea said: “As our captain he has a big personality, he always tries to motivate us.”

“When things are going badly it’s always him who speaks up and encourages us.”

“He’s breaking all kinds of records for goals scored and games played and I reckon he deserves it as he is such a great player.”

“And he’s the same off the field, he’s the club captain and he’s the one who has to do the talking and motivate us. That’s what he always does.”

“There’s a great atmosphere. The dressing room is very together and united.”

“They are a great set of lads and we’re all very happy with the group of players that we have.”

“I think that’s really important in a team if it wants to achieve big things.”

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