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Former defender talks up United striker

Viv Anderson believes Wayne Rooney is an all-time United great

By | 20th September 2013
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Former Manchester United defender Viv Anderson spoke out to praise Wayne Rooney, labeling him as one of the best United players of all time. Anderson, who played for United from 1987 to 1991 and made 54 league appearances, put Rooney in the same class as Sir Bobby Charlton and Dennis Law based on the number of goals Rooney has bagged during his time with the club.

Rooney netted his 200th goal for United during the club’s 4-2 Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday, prompting the comments from Anderson. It was Rooney’s third goal of the year in all competitions, a season that has so far seen the revitalization of the player who was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea throughout the summer.

“He’s a United great and his record says that, 200 goals is great,” Anderson said, according to Sky Sports.

“He is only 40-odd short of Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, so he has to be talked about like that. He has had his ups and downs with the supporters but when it comes to matters on the football pitch, he gives 100 per cent and I am personally pleased he is back on board.

“Some supporters will remember the events of the summer but a lot of them will think of him for what he does on the football field and the great goals he has scored over the years.”

David Moyes fended off offers from Jose Mourinho this summer as Chelsea reportedly made at least two bids for Rooney with the second estimated at £25 million. United was able to keep him, however, and their loyalty to the striker has paid off early on in the season.

Rooney will play in the first Manchester derby of the season on Sunday when the club travels across town to face off against Manchester City at the Etihad. Last year’s derby at the Eastlands saw Rio Ferdinand receive a cut on his face from a missile thrown by a City supporter, which has caused both clubs and the Greater Manchester Police to step up their protection this year.

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