Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Football: Qualities of Rooney

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney should be talked about in the same breath as legendary Brazilian forward Pele.

As the Red Devils prepare to take on Benfica in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, the Portuguese side's coach Jorge Jesus spoke about Rooney being 'more Brazilian or Argentinian' than English.

And now Ferguson has made his own comparisons.

"Look at Pele," he said. "He was a very aggressive attacker as well who could look after himself. So can Rooney. There are similarities that way in strength, speed and determination.

"But he is white, completely white."

Great qualities

Ferguson believes Rooney's desire, work ethic and talent stands him apart from any other player in the Premier League, having scored eight times in four Premier League games, which he claims makes him the very best of British.

"Wayne is a typical British player. But there have been British players who have great qualities that made them great players.

"(Paul) Gascoigne, George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law.
"The similarities are that the boy has great courage. He wants to play all the time. He has incredible stamina. These are added extra to the talent he has."

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