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Steve McManaman: Wayne Rooney deserves a huge amount of applause at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman believes Wayne Rooney deserves plenty of applause for his endeavours at Manchester United.

The 31-year-old made history during Man United’s 4-0 win over Reading in the FA Cup last weekend with a goal that took him level with Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record.

Rooney couldn’t break the record against Hull City on Tuesday night, meaning that Sunday’s game with Liverpool serves as the next opportunity to reach 250 club goals.

And McManaman, speaking to BT Sport, was quick to heap praise on Rooney’s many achievements at Old Trafford.

“He’s still a young man to a certain extent,” he said. 

“He’s still got a lot of football left in him. The fact that he’s broken these records at such a young age is absolutely phenomenal, especially at a team like Manchester United, with their history and prestige around the world.

“He deserves a huge amount of applause.”

Rooney’s record at United speaks for itself: he is, after all, the club’s joint all-time top goalscorer, the Premier League’s second all time top scorer and assister, the top scorer out of any other English player in the Champions League and, of course, the proud owner of ten major honours. Whether you like him or not, the captain’s name will go down in history.

How much he can still offer, on the other hand, is a completely different question. Rooney has, after all, featured no less than 42 times every season since the age of 16: couple that with appearing in the spotlight at six major tournaments and you wonder whether the Englishman can really remain at the top for much longer.

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