Manchester United defender comments on training with Rooney

Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling has spoken about training with Wayne Rooney day in day out.

It is now ten years since Wayne Rooney made his eventful debut for Manchester United. The former Everton striker scored a hat-trick in his first United outing, as his team put Fenerbahce to the sword in the Champions League.

With that in mind the club have been speaking to several of his team-mates to discuss their thoughts on Rooney's incredible decade with Manchester United.

Will Keane commented on him as a mentor, Phil Jones gushed over 'that' overhead kick while Luke Shaw revealed he would have laughed if someone had told him ten years ago, when Shaw was just nine-years-old, that he would one day be playing alongside Rooney.

Another player who has spoken about the now United captain is Chris Smalling. Smalling was 14-years-old and part of the Millwall academy when Rooney made his debut.

He went on to play for Maidstone United of non-league football fame, where he could probably have never envisaged training alongside the likes of Rooney, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and co in a decades time.

And the England international defender has been speaking about training with Rooney every day to the official United website:

"Being able to test yourself against Rooney every day in training – dealing with his turns, his outrageous lobs or his runs, or whatever tricks he has in his locker – means that come Saturday it's a lot easier than it is in training! He is sharp, he has the ability to make that run or that ball that most people wouldn't be able to do. He's definitely got that."

Smalling will be hoping to continue improving by playing against Rooney in training for as long as he can at Manchester United.

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