Manchester Utd

Who is the best player Wayne Rooney played with at Man Utd?

The former England international, who is currently in temporary charge of Derby, spoke with the official Manchester United podcast

 
12:52pm on Tuesday 24th November 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Wayne Rooney has named Paul Scholes as the best player he played alongside at Manchester United.

The Man Utd and England legend is now dipping his toes into coaching at Derby, having taking temporary charge of the Championship side after the dismissal of Phillip Cocu.

As a player, he enjoyed a glittering career, he have won five Premier League titles, one Champions League, and one FA Cup.

He is also the record goalscorer for both Man Utd and the England national side.

Although he remains an official player with Derby, too, his career is winding down after 18 years, with his debut for Everton coming in 2002.

He has played alongside such greats as Cristiano Ronaldo, but for him, Scholes is the best team-mate he has ever had.

"Scholesy, I think, obviously Ronaldo has gone on, him and Messi, to probably be the best two players to ever play the game," he told the official Manchester United podcast when asked who was the best he has played with.

"But I just think at the time, Scholesy was brilliant.

"The things he could do with the ball, he obviously wasn’t the quickest but he was so sharp you couldn’t get near him.

"I remember knowing that at the backend of my career I’d be going back into midfield so I was almost studying him and watching him in training and games.

"It was brilliant for me, first hand, to watch him and learn."

Rooney also reserved praise for another United legend in Ryan Giggs, with whom he formed a "telepathic" understanding.

"I’d say more Giggsy I had that [telepathic understanding], Giggsy would give the ball quite a bit, but it was always trying to play us in, and I loved that," the 35-year-old added.

"I wouldn’t mind players giving the ball away trying things.

"Scholesy was more about controlling the game for us, he was brilliant at things that the fans probably won’t see.

"Letting players come on to him and then throwing them out the game, small things he was doing for the team that was priceless."

Rooney took charge of his very first game in management at the weekend, but was unable to inspire Derby enough to avoid a 1-0 loss away at Bristol City.

Latest news

Predicted XI

Tierney and Odegaard to return – How Arsenal will line up against Newcastle

Arsenal will seek to bounce back from a chastening loss against Liverpool by overcoming Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.

  • 17 hours
Predicted XI

Keita and Firmino still out? How Liverpool could line up against Southampton

Jurgen Klopp will have to contend with a number of injuries if his Liverpool side are to claim all three points from Southampton

  • 18 hours
Predicted XI

Dembele to be risked? How Barcelona could line up against Villarreal

Xavi goes into his third match as Barcelona head coach undefeated but facing a major challenge against Villarreal in La Liga

  • 19 hours
European Assists King

European Assists King 2021/22: Muller stays top with Mbappe in close pursuit

Thomas Muller is now the outright leader in the standings, but Mo Salah and Kylian Mbappe have closed the gap and are level with Paul Pogba and Karim Benzema.

  • 3 days
Predicted XI

Los Blancos unchanged? - How Real Madrid could line up against Sheriff

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti may stick with a winning formula as Los Blancos travel to Tiraspol

  • 3 days
Predicted XI

Minamino to start? - How Liverpool could line up against Porto

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has a few selection problems ahead of the Champions League tie versus Porto

  • 3 days

Most read