Rooney Is Worth Every Penny
Wayne Rooney was somewhat subdued at Stoke on the weekend: the United striker did not score and did not provide a goal for any of his teammates, either. It's just about the first time in the league though as he's relishing the pressure of replacing the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo.
No United fan would say that Rooney does not deserve his place in the team and he's clearly the first name on Ferguson's sheet. The boss praised him ahead of the Champions League tie against Wolfsburg, also recalling Rooney's debut, against Fenerbahce, when he scored a stunning hat-trick, almost exactly five years ago.
'It was a pretty remarkable feat to get that hat-trick and his progress has never disappointed us at any point since.
'When we signed him as a kid, we thought he would become a really top player. Without question he is going in that direction.
'He is blessed with some ingredients only great footballers have.
'He has a great determination and hunger to win every match and every training session. That will never change.
'Sometimes there is criticism about the amounts footballers get paid. But when you see the effort he puts in, he is worth every penny.'
Well said indeed.