Arsenal fan Piers Morgan in actual praise of a United star

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney wins the applause of former Daily Mirror editor - but why?

Wayne Rooney is "going to explode" at the upcoming FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

That is the opinion of the player's long-time tormentor when it comes to club-level football, Piers Morgan, a renowned Arsenal fan who has needed no invitation in the past to twist the social media knife whenever Manchester United suffered misfortune. 

The former Daily Mirror editor, though, has already transitioned from jeering English players outside Arsenal to cheering and, like the rest of the nation, is eagerly anticipating the Three Lions' opening fixture against Italy in Manaus on Saturday, June 14.

He said: "I've got a feeling Wayne Rooney is going to explode at this World Cup. In a good way."

Without missing an opportunity to have a dig at the Red Devil, he added: "Go get 'em, Shrek."

  Touch /AppPass /AppPass AccShot AccMins/ ChanceAssistGoalAppMin
Rooney 68.14 45.69 80.08 42.57 43.71 10 17 29 2,448

Rooney's performances in the Premier League this season were overshadowed by other Englishmen, such was the exemplary displays produced by Steven Gerrard, by Daniel Sturridge, Gary Cahill and youngsters such as Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley.

The tireless forward still returned commendable statistics, enjoying an average of 68 touches per appearance, an 80% passing accuracy, a 42% shooting accuracy, the creative ability to produce a chance every 43 minutes he was on the field and scored a goal or provided an assist (27 in total, from 29 appearances) every 90 minutes.

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