Manchester United’s Ander Herrera: Wayne Rooney is still world-class

by Ben Topliss

Ander Herrera has insisted that his Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney is still a world-class player following his performance in the 1-0 win over Norwich City last time out.

Wayne Rooney has impressed in a new midfield role recently but he was moved back up top following an injury to Anthony Martial during the warm-up at Carrow Road. Herrera, meanwhile, was brought in as a late inclusion in central midfield.

Man United were poor against Norwich but they eventually won the game as excellent work from Rooney saw him tee up Juan Mata to fire home. Herrera praised his captain following the match.

“Wayne is a world-class player,” Herrera said.

“He’s a very good captain and he’s not selfish, so you always have to have Wayne in the team and in the dressing room. Some of the big players are so selfish sometimes but Wayne isn’t and that’s so important.

“I know Marcus [Rashford] and Anthony [Martial] are quicker, but we know Wayne’s qualities. He can assist, he can hold the ball very well and he can play as one midfielder more [an extra midfielder] when we have the ball. That’s important when you are a team that likes to be the protagonist in the game.

“I was the one who had to play instead of Anthony, so I told him he has to be ready for the next game! Albert [Stuivenberg, first-team coach] came to me and I was ready to play. I always want to play as much as possible, I will always be ready.”

Rooney has been written off at numerous points over his career but he has always seemed to bounce back from criticism.

There is no doubt that his powers are diminishing but a change in his playing style and role within the team seems to serve as evidence that he can prolong his days at the highest level.

In any case, his experience and knowhow within the United squad should be proving invaluable as the majority of the players are young and relatively inexperienced. Supporters will be hoping Rooney is on top form as the season draws to a close, beginning with the clash against West Ham United on Tuesday.

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