Jamie Redknapp: Wayne Rooney deserves more credit at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes that Wayne Rooney deserves more credit at Manchester United.

The 31-year-old made history during Man United’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City last weekend, rifling home a free kick in injury time to secure his status as the club’s all-time top goalscorer.

Tributes poured in for Rooney following what was a historic moment, with Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville, alongside many other established names, all serenading the Englishman at full-time.

And Redknapp has insisted that Rooney deserves more praise for what he has achieved at Old Trafford over the years.

“I played against Wayne for Tottenham on his Everton debut in 2002,” he said.

“Even at 16, the way he moved and struck the ball suggested he was going to be some player. What he has gone on to achieve has not surprised me.

“Rooney may not get the credit he deserves but there is not much that can top being the record scorer for Manchester United and England.”

Rooney has adopted something of a new aura at United this season: far from the strongest attacking influence in the side, lacking the raw energy required by Mourinho to feature on a regular basis, but still very much the senior, most respected figure in the dressing room.

Not many players can boast the same levels of longevity and experience at one club, but those forming the core of this current United side will know that Rooney – all-time top scorer for club and country, with ten major honours to his name – commands the highest level of respect from everyone at Carrington, and supporters, once the captain finally does hang up his boots, will duly acknowledge what has been a truly magnificent career.

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