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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA

DAVID MOYES ready to pin his future to Wayne Rooney and make the wonder-goal man his club captain for life.

The Manchester United boss (right), buoyed up by a few wins and the prospect of a huge derby date with City tomorrow night, was impressed with the way Rooney (left) blossomed with the added responsibility.

"Wayne has led by example all season," Moyes said of his frontman. "Maybe wearing the armband, taking a wee bit of pride in wearing that, to show exactly what it means. He wants to take responsibility and I think you always want players who take responsibility."

Rooney's remarkable goal against West Ham attracted all the headlines over the weekend and has clearly lifted Moyes in advance of the big derby date.

"We go in after a better showing. If we play as well as we did at West Ham then we will make opportunities, we'll make chances," Moyes added.

"If we play with the same heart we showed against Olympiacos then we'll be very hard to play against and have a big spirit in the game."


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