Wayne Rooney would love the pace of Valencia

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has revealed that he would love to have the pace of winger Antonio Valencia. 

As reported by the Daily Star, the Red Devils ace, who scored one of the goals of the season against West Ham this past weekend, hailed the speed of the Ecuadorian. 

Speaking to bwin, in the video that can be seen above, Rooney said: "There's a lot of players with more skill than I have, but most of all I'd love to have the pace of Antonio Valencia."

And, whilst admitting that he would love to hold the pace of Valencia, Rooney insisted that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is the 'best'.  

Rooney also stated that his favourite athlete outside of football is Floyd Mayweather, as the striker pointed towards the boxer's dedication and unbeaten record. Meanwhile Rooney revealed his all-time sporting hero is former Mike Tyson. 

The Manchester United striker also hailed the club's record signing Juan Mata, as he insisted that the ex-Chelsea playmaker can help bring success to the Theatre of Dreams. 

Rooney continued by saying: "He's a fantastic player, experienced in the Premier League and you can see his qualities.

"He can score goals, create goals and help us be successful. You can see qualities he's got and he's a very nice person as well. Hopefully we can all play well together."

Rooney and Mata were both in fine form as the Red Devils beat Sam Allardyce's side 2-0 at Upton Park on Saturday evening.

The duo were both taken off late on in the game against the Hammers, with David Moyes now focussing on Manchester United's clash with rivals Manchester City tomorrow evening. 

Rooney will be hoping to take his recent form into the Manchester derby, as Manchester United look to secure their third consecutive victory with a win against Manuel Pellegrini's side at Old Trafford. 

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