Ander Herrera had some extremely complimentary things to say about his Manchester United teammate, Wayne Rooney, following Louis van Gaal’s side’s 3-0 win over Everton at the weekend.
Rooney’s opening to the season has come under scrutiny in many quarters due in part to his lack of Premier League goals, with his strike against Everton being only his second in United’s first nine top flight games.
Having gone 2-0 up in the first half through Morgan Schneiderlin and Herrera, Rooney finished the Toffees off with a goal midway through the second half, after which fellow goalscorer Herrera praised his skipper as the ‘best English player’ ever.
“Wayne is our leader,” the 26-year-old is quoted by espnfc.us as saying.
“He is the best English player in English history and we are lucky to have him. When he fights like he did today we can be very proud of him. He has always helped me a lot.”
Despite having underperformed domestically so far this term, Herrera’s statement has some credence in terms of Rooney’s effectiveness on a national level, particularly when taking into account his recent record-breaking feat of scoring 50 England goals in 107 games.
However, there may be a few raised eyebrows in claiming he ranks as the greatest in English history, when taking into account players like Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer etc.
At 29, Rooney still has maybe three or four more years of top level football left in him, and like many of the greats of the game, his true value may be only recognised once he finishes his career, but until then we’ll let you decide whether or not he’s worthy of the tag of England’s best ever.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena