It would be fair to say that Wayne Rooney has experienced a mixed career in terms of discipline and bearing this in mind, many are surprised at his latest comments on being a role model. The United striker claims that he wants to have the same effect that club legend Eric Cantona did, by helping all of the young players with his positive influence.
It’s a well-known fact that while French ace Cantona did have some issues with discipline, he was a role model in many other ways. He has been credited with the development of several of United’s top players over the year such as David Beckham and Paul Scholes, after he regularly stayed behind after training to offer his advice.
With Rooney now thought to be a big contender for the England captaincy this week, the striker has revealed that his ambition is to offer what Cantona did all those years ago. Speaking to the media, the former Everton striker said, “I try to speak to the young players and offer advice. I always remember Alex Ferguson saying what a big help Cantona was to all those young ones at United. It is something I can look at and try do for England. Hopefully I can bring the best out of the youngsters and they can bring the best out of me.”
Even though Rooney seems desperate to turn his reputation around, few people will doubt that he will need to improve his form from this season. While he has only played six games, he has unusually not managed to find the net and has largely lived in the shadow of Robin van Persie. With that being said, his performances have improved in recent weeks and it’s most likely just a matter of time before the goals start flowing.