Ferguson: Man Utd captain Rooney would have been great in Charlton era

Sir Alex Ferguson believes a player like Wayne Rooney could be great in any era.

Ahead of the Manchester United captain’s testimonial on Wednesday night, Ferguson commented on the 30-year-old who emerged as a bona fide star of the future when he moved from Everton to Old Trafford 12 years ago.

Ferguson indicated that Rooney was an ‘unbelievable’ player for modern day football alongside Cristiano Ronaldo while possessing the ability to be a star in the old days when Sir Bobby Charlton ruled the roost.

“He was an exciting signing,” Ferguson wrote in the match day programme for the Rooney tribute against Everton.

“It was fairly shortly after I’d got rid of the idea of retiring and changed my mind, and I had to rethink about how we were going to take the club forward.

“When you make the decision to retire, you stop thinking, but once I decided to stay I started thinking again and it was really centred around bringing energy back into the team by looking at young players.

“Of course there was Cristiano Ronaldo, then there was Rooney, and it was a fantastic period. The two of them were unbelievable.

“Wayne came in as a first-team player right away, even though he was only 18, and he’s gone on to play for Manchester United for 12 years, which is very difficult in the present day.

“I always think that great players can play in any era. Bobby Charlton would have been a great player today and Wayne Rooney would have been a great player back then.”

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