Wayne Rooney: Why he has lived up to his potential

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Wayne Rooney, coming up against Chelsea last night - the team desperate for his signature - reminded just about everyone of his incredible talent.

He was the best attacking player on the pitch, the only player that looked likely to create anything in a stalemate between two of England's elite clubs. Additionally his name was sung by Manchester United and Chelsea fans throughout the 90 minutes.

He worked tirelessly, trying just about everything, from 30-yard strikes to overhead kicks. And, in a couple of weeks time, when he is back to his full fitness, these strikes will start rippling into the net.

Rooney deserves credit, not just for last night, but also for his career so far.
Suggestions had been made that the former Everton striker has never quite fulfilled his potential.

Coming on to the stage at just 16, Rooney announced himself in dramatic fashion after a glorious goal for Everton against a fine Arsenal team.

Rooney then shone at England's Euro 2004 campaign, scoring an impressive four goals and looking the star of the national team.

In 404 appearances for United, he has scored 197 goals for his side. He has won five Premier League medals, he's won the Champions League, he's scored the greatest ever Premier League goal, amongst many other quite incredible strikes.

Additionally, he's scored in a Champions League final, he's scored winning goals in major games and he's been the dictator of everything about United since 2004. If he stays at Old Trafford, he will eclipse the likes of Bobby Charlton and Denis Law and become the Red Devils' all time leading scorer. 

He's a leader, not so much with his voice, but with everything he does on a football pitch. No, he is not Lionel Messi, nor is he Cristiano Ronaldo, but he is Wayne Rooney - a talent that deserves to be recognised.

Last season Robin van Persie came to Old Trafford and stole the show and, after Rooney was left out of United's crunch Champions League clash with Real Madrid in early March, questions over his future have been constantly raised.

But, if the English international had any doubts that the United faithful wanted him out the exit door, then last night must have proved to him that they still see him as an integral part of their club.

Fans of United were behind Rooney from minute one, they know what he brings to their team and what he will continue to bring, if he stays at Old Trafford. At 27, Rooney can still improve further, he can score more Premier League goals and he has the ability to take the World Cup by the scruff of the neck next summer.

He's a match winner that, once retired, may finally be appreciated by the world of football.
United fans clearly appreciate him and they know that without him, the whole dynamic of their team will have to change. He's that important and that good.

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