Manchester United defender compares Rooney strike to classic Ronaldo winner
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits Wayne Rooney goal at Fulham reminded him of Cristiano Ronaldo winner
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits Wayne Rooney’s late winner at Fulham was reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo’s great strike at Craven Cottage six-years ago.
The Red Devils were pressing hard for a winner in west London on Saturday, and with 11 minutes left on the clock, Rooney capitalised on a Philippe Senderos error, drove towards the left edge of the penalty box and curled a beautiful shot past Mark Schwarzer.
In February 2007, Ronaldo did something similar, cutting from the left and firing an unstoppable shot into the same corner of the net. It proved to be a pivotal moment in the race for the title.
Sir Alex Ferguson will hope Rooney’s goal helps United repeat the trick time around, and it certainly sticks in the mind of Ferdinand as another great moment for the club.
“Unbelievable result (against Fulham at the weekend). Great spirit shown from the lads - a tough game down at Craven Cottage against Fulham as always. They made it hard for us – David De Gea made some great saves, we hit the crossbar, post, everything,” said Ferdinand on social media sight Bubbly.
“Then Wazza (Rooney) comes up with a lovely goal – reminded me of the goal Ronnie (Ronaldo) scored years ago at Craven Cottage.
"A great finish from Wayne. He’s on a great streak at the moment scoring goals, and long may it continue. Roll on Everton.”
The clash against the Toffees comes after this week’s international break, with Ferdinand one of the few Manchester United players not involved with his country.
That hasn’t stopped training being eventful, with snow and hail in Manchester making it an entertaining few hours after arriving late.
"Wow, training done...the snow made many of us late so was all cool!! The hail stones were coming down like marbles out the sky in training,” he wrote on Twitter.
Ferdinand also used ‘Bubbly’ to discuss the match fixing scandal that is currently rocking the world of football.
The Red Devils centre back hopes that the culprits can ‘be taken out of the game’, and expects the authorities to treat this issue with the seriousness it deserves.
“Just a quick one on this match fixing stuff that’s going on in the world of football right now. I hope it’s not as murky and not as bad as the authorities are making out. I hope there are a lot more honest people in the game that it may seem,” he said in a separate message.
“Hopefully the authorities will find the right people and take them out of the game and make sure we have a clean game so that people who play and watch can do so with no worries about people getting involved and doing things the wrong way.
“We wait and see – watch this space – I’m sure the authorities will treat this with the seriousness it deserves. It would have been nice if they’d done that with everything else, i.e. racism etc, but this is a different case and hopefully they can sort it out.”