Striker Wayne Rooney says he is ready to take on the captaincy role at Manchester United ahead of their first 2014/15 English Premier League game against Swansea on Saturday.
The English international was handed the captain’s armband by new coach Louis van Gaal and Rooney insists he is ready to do the job.
“It's a massive role to take on - I'm aware of that, the responsibility of it - and I feel I'm ready at this stage in my career to do it,” said Rooney.
“I spoke to the manager and he decided that I was right to take the role which I am delighted with. It's a great honour.
“I will perform the role as best I can and hopefully help the team to be successful.
“I've played under some great captains for club and country so I will take a little bit of what they have brought to the role and try to use that.
“Then I'll try to lead the players on the pitch with hard work, dedication, and that's what we really want to do - we want to show the fans that we care and want to win.
“I think I'm quite vocal on the pitch and in the dressing room.
“I think the manager has looked at that and seen that I'm always trying to get the best out of myself and my team-mates and to encourage as well. I'm sure that was a big factor in the manager choosing me.”