Angel di Maria heaps praise on Wayne Rooney

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Angel di Maria has singled out Wayne Rooney for praise, saying he has been impressed with the striker's desire to win during his short spell at Old Trafford so far.

The Argentinian is the Red Devils' record signing having arrived from Real Madrid for £59.7 million over the summer. He has endured mixed fortunes to date - while he's bagged three goals and six assists, he's spent a prolonged period on the sidelines too and has been forced to miss nine games through injury.


Despite that Manchester United appear to be growing in strength under Louis van Gaal and they currently sit third in the Premier League table, and a lot of that has been down to the form of Rooney.

The striker, who has dropped into a deeper role at Old Trafford, has eight goals to his name in 16 league appearances, and 14 strikes in 23 games for club and country overall.


It is that form which has impressed Di Maria so far, and in an interview with Radio America, the Argentinian winger singled him out for praise.

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'Rooney is an impressive player,' he said. 'He has this quality, mentality and this hunger to play every game that is incomparable. He plays 90 minutes in every game.

'He is always committed, giving everything in every match. It is he that has surprised me the most, with his hunger and how he commits to every game. He is a player that deserves to be here.'

Ronaldo rumours

Di Maria has also had his say on the future of Cristiano Ronaldo, and believes it is unlikely that the Portuguese ace will make a much-anticipated return to Old Trafford. "I don't think he will come back to Manchester United," he said.

"It is difficult to leave Madrid. It can happen, but I think that he is having a great time and I don't get the feeling that he wants a change."

Di Maria came on as a substitute in Manchester United's FA Cup win over Yeovil at the weekend, scoring the second and final goal of the match. He is expected to be fit enough to start against Southampton this weekend.

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