Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rooney Is Our Very Own Pele, Says Boss Fergie

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rooney Is Our Very Own Pele, Says Boss Fergie

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MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has echoed the club's fans by labelling Wayne Rooney the white Pele.

It has been sung by the Stretford End for a few years now, in recognition of the 25-year-old's status as a player of special talent.

And, in responding to an observation from Benfica coach Jorge Jesus that Rooney is "more Brazilian or Argentinean" than English in the way he plays the game ahead of tonight's Champions League encounter with Man United at the Stadium of Light, Ferguson made his own comparison.

"Look at Pele," said Ferguson. "He was a very aggressive attacker as well who could look after himself.

"So can Rooney. There are similarities that way in strength, speed and determination." In fact, Ferguson thinks of Rooney as the very best of British, boasting the same desire, work ethic and talent as Man United legends of old.

"Wayne is a typical British player. But there have been British players who have great qualities that made them great players. …

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