Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has hailed Wayne Rooney as a legend at Manchester United.
The 31-year-old entered the history books earlier this month with a goal against Stoke that secured his status as the club’s all-time top goalscorer.
It has been reported that Rooney, finally unburdened by the record and no longer a regular under Jose Mourinho, could leave Old Trafford this summer.
And Yorke believes that, whatever he decides to do next, Rooney deserves to be recognised as a legend at Man United.
“He is right up there,” he said.
“The record he just broke has been there for over 40 odd years, he has to be one of the all time greats.
“He’s won European cups, he’s won the Premier League, he’s won the FA Cup, he’s won the EFL [cup]. I think that people of England and the media should really applaud him.
“I just think that the guy is such a legend…we often use the name ‘legend’ – he certainly comes into that category.
“You look at Sir Bobby Robson and Denis Law and the late George Best, I think the Wayne Rooney name will be around for a long time as well.”
The English public will, one day, thank Rooney for almost-single handedly keeping their country on the global footballing map over the last decade or so. Never has there been a moment for Rooney, since the age of about 16, where he hasn’t been followed by a camera, always under the spotlight, with the watching world waiting for him to either deliver or crack all year round.
Such levels of pressure are almost inconceivable to the regular individual, but Rooney deserves credit for the way he has always shouldered the expectations of millions throughout his time at Old Trafford, even as a teenager.