Wayne Rooney, the all-time leading goalscorer for Manchester United with 253 goals, holds legendary status at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson orchestrated Rooney’s move from Everton in 2004 for a then-record £30 million, marking the beginning of Rooney’s illustrious journey with the Red Devils.
Dimitar Berbatov, a former United striker and Rooney’s teammate for several years, was recently asked to compare Rooney with another former Red, Carlos Tevez.
Berbatov promptly expressed his preference for Rooney during an interview on Stadium Astro, highlighting Rooney’s influential leadership both on and off the pitch.
“I will go for Rooney,” Berbatov responded when asked about his preference. He emphasized Rooney’s role as a team captain, describing him as supportive and welcoming to new players.
Berbatov praised Rooney’s on-field dedication, noting his willingness to run, sacrifice for the team, and play in various positions without complaint. According to Berbatov, Rooney epitomized true captaincy.
Rooney bid farewell to Manchester United in the summer of 2017, returning to his childhood club, Everton.
United secured Romelu Lukaku as Rooney’s replacement, making a significant investment of £75 million plus £15 million in add-ons.
Despite departing the club, Rooney remains a legendary figure at Old Trafford.
There were even reports, as per Stretty News, that he could have returned to the United coaching staff under Erik ten Hag, but he chose different managerial opportunities, leading D.C United and Birmingham City.
The qualities of a selfless and clinical striker like Rooney could prove invaluable for the current Red Devils, especially as their forwards face challenges in finding the back of the net.