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Wayne Rooney, football’s decathlete

He is not the best tackler in the world, not the best passer, not the best scorer, not best in the air, not the top one-on-one, not the best at set pieces (hmm… maybe), but to use a metaphor from the wonderful Athletics World Championship in Daegu – he is football’s decathlete. Remarkably good at almost everything. It is more amateurish, in the positive sense.

Ferguson has deployed him at a perfect position. Not a Scholes-type playmaker but a multi-upgrader for all departments. Upgrades Cleverley-Anderson from “project” to “Wow”. He adds freedom to Nani and Young – who are world class players to start with – by constantly switching positions. He gives an unexperienced Welbeck spaces to work in while joining him in a very deep press. He even helps out with the rookie back four.

I would say with cations. He is not as good as Messi or Ronaldo – they are the supreme specialists of the game – but he is currently doing more than them. In away justifying his wage in an original way – by doing the job of three or four players.

It may be dangerous. Over reliant. Few remember the Bryan Robson days with fondness. But so far, so good.

By Ronen Dorfan

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2 responses to “Wayne Rooney, football’s decathlete”

  1. Pam Daniel says:

    Wayne Rooney is the best,i so much like seein him in the pick.I am very impressed with his performance and his contribution toward the success of our great club especially on belivable performance last sunday with our arsernal rivals,I was very happy on sunday with the performance of our players.May they continue to be united for the success of our club,may God bless them all including our great manager,LORD ALEX FERGUSON

  2. Pam Daniel says:

    Wayne Rooney is the best,i so much like seein him in the pick.I am very impressed with his performance and his contribution toward the success of our great club especially on belivable performance last sunday with our arsernal rivals,I was very happy on sunday with the performance of our players.May they continue to be united for the success of our club,may God bless them all including our great manager,LORD ALEX FERGUSON