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17th Dec 2015

David de Gea reveals Wayne Rooney’s role in keeping Man United squad together

Simon Lloyd

David de Gea has dismissed claims of player unrest at Manchester United, and has credited the club captain with making sure everyone stays positive.

The team have endured a difficult fortnight, but their goalkeeper has claimed that Wayne Rooney has played a key role in keeping the players together – despite being out of action with an ankle injury.

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“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,” De Gea told the club’s official website.

“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.

“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.”

United will attempt to kick-start their season when they face Norwich on Saturday.