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Rooney Is Worth Every Penny

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.

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Date:Tuesday September 29 2009
Time: 10:55PM


To me, it's crazy that Rooney is now being recognised as our most important player! How many times have we won without him but with Ronaldo in the team? I don't have the stat sheets but I can tell you, it is a depressingly poor record!
30/09/2009 01:32:00
His playing passion is next to none - he is a quality player - one of best strikers in EUrope, if not the world, he just needs to cool down on his temper!
30/09/2009 12:41:00
Forever United, a) as you well know, Ronaldo's no longer here, so he can't be our most important player anymore. so perhaps Rooney now is? Besides the fact he was often played out of position to accomodate Ronaldo?? b) Take a look at the 2007/08 season. I think you'll find that we lost 5 times in the league. On each of the first four occasions, Rooney was absent. And Ronaldo struggled without him. The fifth occasion was Chelsea. When, if you'll recall, Rooney got us back in the game, scoring the equaliser, despite being injured, and we then only lost after he'd been substituted. Evidence? How many times have we lost without Ronaldo? Cos i really don't remember all that many. And last season? He gave the ball away far too much (to the opposition) but didn't give it to his team-mates enough. We're top of the table so far without him, and our success was down to the team.
Man utd champions
30/09/2009 15:42:00
When Rooney joined he was a better player than Ronaldo it was only until debatebly 07/08 and post World Cup that Ronaldo started to get all the praise (and rightfully so). Last year I thought Ronaldo edged it but only because Rooney wasn't playing where he should have been. Giggs got his 150th goal tonight. I wouldn't put it past Wayne to achieve that by the end of next season (if he doesn't pick up any major injuries)
30/09/2009 23:32:00
I meant to say 06/07 and the post World Cup season Ronaldo got the praise. There's something for the ABU's to have a dig at.
30/09/2009 23:36:00
Rooney has more to offer than ROnaldo - his passion for the game for one - Ronaldo wasnt interested in that - only showboating - ROoney has everything, but still needs to clam down on his temper
01/10/2009 10:22:00
Rooney is just simply amazing.
One United 92
01/10/2009 18:33:00
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