Manchester United manager David Moyes feels Wayne Rooney has done his prospects of becoming the long-term captain of the club no harm with his exceptional display at West Ham.
The striker, who admitted to Inside United recently he would grab the responsibility "with both hands" if chosen to take on the role, wore the armband with distinction at Upton Park in the absence of Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.
Aside from scoring both goals in the 2-0 triumph, including a stupendous long-range opening strike, the Reds' no.10 was sharp and allied strength to a silken touch in his attacking position before being withdrawn in the 78th minute.
When asked if having the captaincy would encourage the England international to lead from the front, Moyes replied: "It's for him to show it. You'd have to say that he showed it [on Saturday]. You get opportunities in football. Even if you're a player out of the team, suddenly you can get a chance.
"Or if you become a key player and then get the chance to wear the armband and take that on. He did that. He showed that against West Ham as well.
"I've said there will be no decision taken until next season, but we had injuries to Vida, suspension to Vida, injuries in part to Evra so we decided to put him on the bench and I thought Wayne picked up and did what he needed to do.
"Wayne has led by example all season," explained the manager. "But maybe he's taken a wee bit of pride when wearing that armband and showing exactly what it means. He wants to take responsibility and I think you always need players who do that."