Rooney was given the armband this summer by Louis van Gaal after it was left empty following the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.
Not all Man United fans were happy at the decision to give him the armband but to his credit he has led by example with his performances this season and speaking to Inside United about Rooney, Herrera hailed his influence on the team.
“Yes, it always has an impact,” Herrera said when asked whether Rooney’s team talks.
“Wayne Rooney is our leader. He is maybe the strongest guy – not only physically, but also mentally. I think we in the squad are following him always. He is our captain, our leader and our [biggest] character. I think he shows very, very well what Manchester United is.”
Rooney’s past contract sagas tainted his relationship with a lot of fans, some irrevocably, but what no United fan can deny is that when taken at face value this season, despite having some hiccups and making poor decisions, Rooney has stepped up to the plate as captain as a whole.
So long as the players and van Gaal are happy with Rooney as captain, then he must be doing something right.