Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney may have been criticised in recent years, but there is one player who believes that the striker remains as good as ever.
And that’s Zlatan Ibrahmovic, who has hailed the England international’s ‘hunger’ during games.
Speaking to The Guardian, the Paris Saint-Germain striker underlined the difference between him and the rest of the England players.
“I do like [Wayne] Rooney’, said the 33-year-old. ‘For me he has a lot of hunger when he plays. I think he’s good for the team. The rest? I cannot judge them because I don’t know them’.
Coming from Ibrahimovic, the praise is very notable for Rooney. The Sweden international is one of the best strikers in the world and he does not mince his words.
Frank in his interviews and opinionated in public, the former AC Milan star’s praise for Rooney is a timely reminded to all those who doubt Rooney.
The 28-year-old United forward has been claimed to be past his prime and not world class anymore, but he remains as committed as ever on the pitch.
A versatile player who is willing to accommodate himself anywhere on the pitch to help the team, Rooney is the captain of both England and United. There is a reason why both Roy Hodgson and Louis van Gaal have given him such a huge responsibility.
Doubts will remain on Rooney and he will be criticised whenever he has a bad game, but his teammates and managers know how important he is and what he is capable of.