Wayne Rooney explains secrets to success of his Manchester United team talks

by Sam Peoples

Back in March, Louis van Gaal revealed Wayne Rooney had given the team an ‘inspirational’ team talk ahead of their game against Tottenham Hotspur.

Prior to that 3-0 victory over Spurs, Man United were embarrassed by Arsenal in the FA Cup in what was a terrible home performance.

Ahead of the crucial run-in, it was the worst possible result and fans were worried about how United would cope with the tough fixtures but since then the team has gone on an excellent run of form.

While Rooney’s team talks were far from responsible, they clearly had a galvanising effect on the squad which has helped them to recover.

“I’ve always been quite vocal in the dressing room before games and I felt at the time it was right for me, after we’d lost to Arsenal in the cup, to put a few points across to the players which I thought might help the team,” Rooney told ManUtd.com.

“I’m not saying that’s why we won the games against Tottenham and Liverpool! [Laughs] But it certainly didn’t cause any harm doing it. It just felt like the right time for me to say something. It’s not something I do before every game.

“I’m always talking in the dressing room and giving my opinions to try to help the players get ready for the game, but on those occasions it was just something a bit different and something I felt was right to do.”

Rooney was far from the first candidate to replace Nemanja Vidic as captain for a lot of fans given his previous history with contracts at the club but to his credit, he has stepped up.

Heading into the Chelsea game this weekend, United are on a run of six consecutive victories and although a title charge is almost out of he question, van Gaal’s side look to have all but secured a top four spot.

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