Ashley Young revealed that Wayne Rooney is the most technically gifted player that he has played with.
The Manchester United winger did so in an interview with the club’s website.
Ashley Young, who joined the Red Devils in 2011 from Aston Villa, has played alongside Rooney with England also, and hailed him as the deadliest finisher he’s seen, along with Michael Owen.
He also revealed the top footballers he’s played with or against, in numerous categories.
Fellow England winger Theo Walcott is the fastest that Young has seen in both categories. Liverpool workhorse James Milner is the fittest player he has played both against and for, while Young can’t split Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes as the best passer of the ball he has played with. Scholes claims the ‘against’ prize in that respect though.
The United connection understandably runs through the entire questionnaire:
Best leader played against: Rio Ferdinand
Toughest tackler played against: Paul Scholes
Most technically gifted player played against: Paul Scholes
Best header of the ball played with: Nemanja Vidic
Best crosser played against: Ryan Giggs
Best dribbler played with: Ryan Giggs
The rest read as follows, with some praise even shown for former England international Stewart Downing.
Best set-piece taker played with: Stewart Downing (at Aston Villa)
Best crosser played with: Stewart Downing
Best set-piece taker and dribbler played against: Cristiano Ronaldo
Best leader: Stiliyan Petrov
Best header against: Marouane Fellaini