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Rooney has played alongside some greats at United.

Wayne Rooney names the two best players he's played with at Manchester United

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Twelve years on from his £27 million move from Everton and Wayne Rooney has cemented his status as a Manchester United legend.

Since completing a switch to Old Trafford, the 31-year-old has won five Premier League titles, the Champions League and one FA Cup, also scoring 242 goals.

In fact, he needs just eight more to become United's all-time record goalscorer by eclipsing Sir Bobby Charlton's total of 249.

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A testimonial is due to be held in Rooney's honour this weekend and in the build up to the clash between United and Everton, the England captain has reminisced on his time at the Theatre of Dreams.

In a Q&A session on his official website, he discussed everything from his favourite moments in a United shirt to the best goals he has scored.

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A particular topic of interest, though, was Rooney's verdict on the two best players he has played alongside at United.

He said: "I'd say there are two that stand out and they’re Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Paul Scholes is one of the best midfielders of all time. His passing, vision and the way he controlled the tempo of games was incredible.

"Cristiano is a special player and he has gone on to be one of the best in the world. Some of the things he used to do in training and then take into games was unbelievable, he'll always be remembered as one of the greats of the game."

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Was there ever any doubt - after all, Scholes and Ronaldo are widely regarded as two of football's greatest ever players.

Rooney was then asked to name the best players he has come up against.

"There’s been so many over the years but I’ll try and pick one for each position," he began.

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"The best goalkeeper I’ve come up against is Iker Casillas, he’s won everything you can in the game and is one of the best goalkeepers of all-time.

"The best defender is probably John Terry, he reads the game well, he is physical and very tough to play against.

"For midfield, I’d say Xavi, he’s got everything, brilliant passing, vision, creativity and leadership.

"The best striker has to be Lionel Messi. In my opinion, he’s the best player ever and I’m honoured to have shared a pitch with him."

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Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Paul Scholes
Manchester United
UEFA Champions League
Football
Premier League
Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi

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