Former Manchester United Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson believes Wayne Rooney could be compared with club legend Sir Bobby Charlton.
Alex Ferguson, who managed Rooney for nine of his 12 seasons before retiring, offered a glowing tribute to the striker. Presently, Rooney is just four goals away from breaking Sir Charlton’s all-time scoring record of 249 strikes for Man United.
Speaking to the press on Man United Tv, Ferguson said:
“He [Rooney] was an exciting signing [in 2004]. It was fairly shortly after I’d got rid of the idea of retiring and changed my mind, and I had to rethink about how we were going to take the club forward.
“I started thinking again and it was really centred around bringing energy back into the team by looking at young players. Of course there was Cristiano Ronaldo, then there was Rooney, and it was a fantastic period.
“The two of them were unbelievable. Wayne came in as a first-team player right away, even though he was only 18, and he’s gone on to play for Manchester United for 12 years, which is very difficult in the present day.
“I always think that great players can play in any era. Bobby Charlton would have been a great player today and Wayne Rooney would have been a great player back then.”
Rooney’s public persona has been seen as one who is quite reserved.
Alex Ferguson Compares Rooney With Carlton
However, after 14 years in the spotlight as a player for Everton, United and England, Rooney is said to present a more fiery demeanour to his team-mates behind closed doors.
Another former Manager at United, Louis van Gaal says he was very quickly struck by the respect Rooney’s team-mates had for him at United. This made him not hesitate in making him his captain.
Wayne Rooney will be having his testimonial match on Wednesday night against his former club Everton. Manchester United will be honouring a player who has made 520 appearances since joining as an 18-year-old in 2004.