Summer targets had ‘no chance’ of matching world-class Rooney, says Liverpool icon

Jamie Carragher has backed David Moyes and Wayne Rooney this morning.

This summer saw Manchester United linked with an absolute plethora of players as David Moyes was set to spend some money, after years of being thrifty at Goodison Park.

However in the end he found himself roundly criticised after a summer of frustration in the transfer market.

But he has an unlikely supporter, in former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher. Sure, it would be a surprise to hear that a Liverpool FC legend would be giving his backing to a Manchester United boss who used to be in charge of local rivals Everton.

But Carragher is now a pundit on Monday Night Football, working alongside Manchester United legend Gary Neville, so he has to be an impartial source of information.

And in his Daily Mail column this morning it was his comments about Rooney that had me most intrigued.

‘’Moyes was criticised during the transfer window but his biggest success was keeping Rooney. He has scored or assisted 40 goals in his last 44 Premier League games — would Ander Herrera or Cesc Fabregas have produced such world-class numbers? No chance.’’

Indeed it was Ander Herrera and Cesc Fabregas who seemed to be the main transfer targets as far as David Moyes was concerned. But Carragher makes something of a good point - would either player of had a similar affect?

I doubt Herrera, much like Carragher, would have had anything near such a contribution - but Fabregas.

In the last two seasons at Barcelona he scored 29 goals and set up 22 in 96 games - which equates to 51 in 96, certainly not to be shirked at. This campaign he so far hasn’t scored a goal, but has five assists in seven games.

But I agree with Carragher, for me I would have Rooney over Fabregas any day of the week. That will certainly make some Rooney haters very mad, but there is something about Rooney that reeks of match-winner - something that has left Fabregas since becoming part of the furniture at the Nou Camp.

Carragher may be an unlikely advocate for Rooney and Moyes, but he has a supporter here in his comments.

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