'ONE OF THE BEST'
WATCH: ROONEY ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS
Rooney talks Ferguson, Terry, Carragher and his future...
WE ALL AGREE!
WATCH: CARRA V ROONEY THE RIVALRY
ROONEY ON WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
"I would like to go into management. I have been involved in
football my whole life. That is something I know.
"I have enjoyed tonight, and I am sure I will do a lot more
work on television, but ultimately I want to go into management."
'ANFIELD TOUGHEST PLACE TO GO'
"I wanted to win at Anfield more than anywhere. I always
thought that at Anfield, you could play into their hands. There and Chelsea, under
Jose Mourinho the first time, there you had to bet at your best. If you were
going to win, you would nick a goal. You wouldn’t win by playing nice football.
It wasn’t enjoyable to play there, as the game went on."
ON FERGUSON'S MAN MANAGEMENT...
"As a manager, he was the best. His man management, he was
the best, He knew the ins and outs of every player. He even knew how to leave
you out of the team, and you would still feel fine about it.
"He knew how to get a reaction from me. There was so many
games where I had played well and he would still come at me at half time. It
would result in a shouting match, but he knew he would get a reaction from me
on the pitch. He would tell me to stop dribbling, aiming it at Nani."
ROONEY ON RONALDO INCIDENT
Rooney on his sending off at the 2006 World Cup, and THAT wink from Cristiano Ronaldo...
"It was a weird feeling sat in that dressing room. If we
would have gone through, I would have missed the semi-final and the final, but
if we went out it was my fault.
"I spoke to Ronaldo after the game in the tunnel. I said the
press are going to want to make a big thing about us falling out, but I said ‘don’t
worry about it, I would have done the same thing. I tried to get him booked for
diving in the first half.
"He was my club team-mate, but he was a rival in
internationals, so if I could have gotten him sent off, I would."
I SHOULDN’T HAVE PLAYED IN 2006
Rooney on why he should have stayed at home instead of
taking part in the 2006 World Cup
“If I went back, I would have ruled myself out. I had the
broken foot and I wasn’t fit.
“When you don’t have that match sharpness, you make rash decision.
I could have cost us the game.
“I was a young lad, I wanted to play. I wanted to go and try
and prove myself at world level.”
I HAD A TEAR IN MY EYE ON THE PITCH
Rooney looks back on becoming England’s top goalscorer….
“It was an emotional day. There had been so much talk before
it. When I got to 45 goals, it all
started ‘he is getting close now.’
“It was relief to get it. I had a tear in my eye on the pitch.
I never thought that would happen to me. I was really proud, and something I
never thought I would do.”
TEVEZ MY FAVOURITE PARTNER
“We suited each other’s games. We worked off each other. It
must have been horrible for defenders to have faced us, because we were just in
their faces. When he signed, there was talk we wouldn’t have been able to play
together, but we hit it off.”
‘I WAS BEST AS A NO 9’
"That [2010/11] was the first season I played as lone striker.
Physically, it was the easiest position to play in. You have five midfielders behind
you to do the defending. You are always fresh to get in the box and score
"I was best as No 9. I had the instinct to get in the box, I
would drop back in and let others run beyond me. As a No 9, that was where I
wanted to be, in the box.
"I used to get frustrated that I didn’t score enough headers,
so I worked hard at it, and they started to come."
VAN NISTELROOY THE BEST FINISHER
"Ruud van Nistelrooy was the best finisher I have seen in the
Premier League. Even if we won by four or five goals, he would just sit there
on his own, gutted. He was fantastic.
"In the second season I was there, you could see there was
going to be issues with him and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ruud was used to David
Beckham and Ryan Giggs getting crosses in, and Cristiano comes in and starts
chopping them back. It was probably the right time for Ruud to move on."
ANGERING ROY KEANE…
"I remember my first away trip, and I had a huge argument
with Roy Keane. He was watching the rugby, he went to get food, so I turned
over and put X-Factor on and hid the remote.
"He went mad, but I had a go back. And he respected me for
having a go back. He respects the fact I was big enough to have a go back at
ROONEY ON JOINING UNITED
"It was the most difficult decision of my career to leave
Everton. Manchester United had the pull of the Champions League, Sir Alex
Ferguson, players like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs.
"I was thinking, I looked at Everton at the time, and I
thought we wouldn’t be challenging for those competitions. Everton needed the
money, so at the time, I think it was the best decision for everyone. The years
have shown it was the right decision."
'I WAS THE BEST EVERTON PLAYER AT 16'
"All I wanted to do was play football and play for Everton. I
wanted to win, whether that was hurting players, hurting myself, that was what
I wanted to do.
"I knew when I got in the Everton team at 16 I was the best
player at the club. I knew I should be playing.
"I remember my first derby at Anfield, and David Moyes left
me on the bench. I was raging. I couldn’t understand why I was left on the
ROONEY ON HIS BEST GOAL
You have been voting all day, and have decided, overwhelmingly,
that Rooney’s overhead kick against Manchester City in 2010/11 is Rooney’s
best. Here’s what he has to say about THAT goal.
“The size of the game, City were going for the league. It
was one of the worst games I have played to be fair.
“The ball takes a bit of a deflection, I have realised I was
in a bit of space and tried it, and normally I might miss that, but caught it
perfectly. It was surreal after I scored.
“In the dressing room after the game, all the staff were in
shock. To be honest, I am sick of it. The amount of people who come up to me
and talk about it. Still, it is rightly the best.”
ROONEY'S BEST GOALS
Coming up, Rooney talks us through his best goals...
ROONEY ON CONTE'S PUBLIC SPAT
"Any problems that a team have should be kept behind closed
doors. It seems like Conte is putting a lot out there. Whether that is because he
wants to find a way out because he isn’t getting what he wants, we don’t know.
There seems to be big problems."
WATCH: CARRA ON CHELSEA 'SHAMBLES'
'TOO EASY FOR WATFORD'
you have to take your chances if you want to beat them, but tonight Watford
were getting through so easily. When Hazard got the equaliser, Watford just
went straight down the other end, and looked like they could just score when
'WORST CHELSEA DISPLAY IN 15 YEARS'
"You would like to think that the problems he has got with
the board are not affecting the players, but as you have seen in the past few games,
that was not Chelsea. I do not identify those kind of performances with a
"Tonight was a bad a performance I have seen from a Chelsea team
in a long time. Something isn’t right. Maybe they need a change.
"I do not think I have seen Chelsea play like this for 15
WATFORD 4-1 CHELSEA
ALL OVER! What an awful evening for Antonio Conte and Chelsea. Is this the end for the Italian? Watford again looked like they had thrown away three points by sitting too deep, inviting Chelsea to attack, with Eden Hazard sensationally equalising, but the hosts saved their best football for the latter stages, as they ran riot. Watford climb to 11th with the victory, while Chelsea stay fourth.
Now, back to Rooney...
WHY SPURS' EQUALISER SHOULDN'T HAVE STOOD
Monday Night Football has proved Tottenham's last-gasp penalty against Liverpool should not have been given because of an offside in the build-up, but Jamie Carragher has refused to blame assistant referee Eddie Smart for the wrong decision.
After plenty of late drama at Anfield, there was one final sting in the tail for Liverpool as Spurs won a second penalty with their final attack when the assistant referee overruled referee Jon Moss for a Virgil van Dijk challenge on Erik Lamela.
Harry Kane scored from the spot to rescue a 2-2 draw for Mauricio Pochettino's side, however, using MNF's cutting-edge technology, Carragher, who was joined by Wayne Rooney in the studio, showed conclusively Lamela should have been flagged for offside just before Van Dijk's swinging boot came into contact with him.
Full story HERE
WILL KANE HAVE TO LEAVE SPURS?
Wayne Rooney believes Harry Kane may leave Tottenham if they do not win a trophy in the next two years.
On the day after Kane joined him in the Premier League 100 club, Rooney was full of praise for his former England team-mate. He described him as the best forward on the continent and feels Mauricio Pochettino will struggle to keep him happy if Spurs do not start winning silverware.
Read Rooney's thoughts HERE
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Wayne Rooney thinks it will be difficult for Manchester United to catch Manchester City next season, with the former England striker saying Pep Guardiola's side are close to playing perfect football.
Jose Mourinho has admitted City are uncatchable in the race for the title this season, but will hope the addition of Alexis Sanchez, who was also targeted by the league leaders in January, can help them bridge the gap to their city rivals next season.However, Rooney, speaking on Monday Night Football, thinks City, who are still on course to win an unprecedented quadruple, will be difficult to overhaul next season with their football under Guardiola close to emulating Barcelona.
CHELSEA 'LACKING CONVICTION'
Rooney believes while Bakayoko's sending off was harsh, Chelsea have collectively not been at the races..
"I think they are soft yellow cards, but it comes from
Watford’s desire. It is sloppy from Bakayoko. The whole team there is a lack of
conviction, energy. That is not what a Chelsea team looks like."
ROONEY ON WATFORD SHOWING
It is not going to plan for Chelsea at Vicarage Road, as they trail 1-0 to Troy Deeney's penalty and, to make matters worth, Tiemoue Bakayoko has already been given his marching orders. Rooney was full of praise for Watford's showing
"Watford have been fantastic. Their desire in getting to the ball has been excellent. It is almost a perfect performance for 45 minutes."
IS THAT A THING?
WATCH: KANE WAS OFFSIDE
Log in to watch Jamie Carragher and Rooney examine how Harry Kane WAS offside at Anfield on Sunday - the incident that has divided the nation!
ROONEY ENJOYING HIMSELF
WATCH: KANE NEEDS TROPHIES
Wayne Rooney believes Harry Kane is going to start getting restless at Tottenham if they don't start to win trophies sooner rather than later.
Now to the action! Chelsea look to get back to winning ways at Watford, where new boss Javi Gracia is trying to exert his influence on the club. Watch live on Sky Sports Premier League, or follow live updates HERE!
ROONEY EXPECTS CHELSEA REACTION
"The mentality of Chelsea is normally strong. They normally
bounce back and go and get three points the next game.
"The wing backs of Chelsea are the real dangermen. Watford’s
wing-backs will have to go man-to-man. If they don’t do that well, Chelsea will
WATCH: ROONEY OR WANYAMA?
Who hit it harder, Rooney or Wanyama? Watch here to find out!
'KANE COULD LEAVE WITHOUT TROPHIES'
"Kane's motivation is going to change from goals to trophies, and if Tottenham don’t win trophies in the next few years, he is going to want to move elsewhere.
"That is a decision he is going to have to make in the next year or two, but Tottenham have also got to make a decision – bring more players in and have a real push to win the Premier League."
'KANE, MESSI AND RONALDO'
"The goals are great, and they take you to a certain level,
but the top players are remembered for the trophies they have won. If Harry
Kane was in Man City’s team this season, people would be talking about Ronaldo,
Messi and Harry Kane."
WATCH: ROONEY ON KANE'S AIMS
'KANE THE BEST IN EUROPE'
"He wants to score goals. It hurts him when he doesn’t score.
He would have been thinking that he’d cost Tottenham the game after the first
penalty [at Anfield].
the moment, he is the best striker in Europe. He can go where he wants – he is
like a young Alan Shearer. He scores all different type of goals."
ROONEY ON FRONT THREE COMPARISON
Rooney believes that current Liverpool front three cannot get to the level of himself, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez until they have won trophies.
"The difference between the front threes is winners’ medals
and we had real quality behind us who were supporting us in certain ways, and
the defence were solid.
"If this Liverpool front three are to get to the level were,
they need that wall behind them."
WATCH: TOUGH TO CATCH CITY
"Alex Ferguson used to say to us that when we were attacking
go out and attack how we wanted. However, when we lost the ball he used to say
if you are on the right wing you need to get back and defend on the right wing.
"We had a good compromise because we had myself and Carlos
Tevez, who did a lot more work defensively than Cristiano Ronaldo, but Cristano
was the player we knew that in the big games he would win us those games.
"With any other player we probably wouldn’t but with
Cristiano, he was that good you had to accommodate him."
When asked if he thinks he sacrificed goals and assists in
the work he did to accommodate Ronaldo, Rooney said: “You never know but I’d
gladly do it any day of the week if he’s going to score his goals to win us the
big games which would help us win trophies.”
‘SALAH TAKES LIVERPOOL TO NEXT LEVEL’
Rooney was asked his opinion of Liverpool’s front three,
saying Mo Salah takes them to the next level…
“They are very dangerous. They’ve obviously got pace and
Roberto Firmino works hard and wins the ball back a lot for them. That’s what
Liverpool want because they then go and counter-attack and score goals.
“As good as they are, Mo Salah pips them because he’s a
fantastic player. He takes them to that next level.”
WATCH: ROONEY HONEST ABOUT CITY
CITY PLAY 'PERFECT FOOTBALL'
Rooney thinks that while it is obvious Manchester United will struggle to catch Manchester City this seaosn, he feels next season will be the same story.
"The thing with Jose Mourinho is when he buys a player, he
plays them. Lukaku will play. There is no more room for strikers to play. They
will score goals.
"In terms of catching Manchester City, they certainly won’t
this season, but, if I am being perfectly honest, it will be difficult to catch
them next season. City are getting to the level Barcelona were at four or five
years ago. It is not nice for me to say, but it is almost perfect football at
"Guardiola is putting the foundations in place to try to
emulate that Barcelona team, and they are well on their way to do that. Another
one or two players coming in this summer, and I don’t think they are that far
ROONEY: I’M HAPPY TO SPEAK
Rooney revealed he addressed the Everton players at
half-time at Arsenal, and it’s something he’s happy doing…
“It’s something I’d naturally do anyway over the years. The manager obviously addresses the players but it’s
something I’m comfortable doing.
“Being around the game for a long time and being around
different situations, I’d like to think I know the right things to say in
certain situations. I’m just trying to help in the situation we were in because
it was a bad moment.”
ROONEY ON POGBA
"For me, Paul Pogba is a classic box-to-box player. He can do
everything really well. If he is in a role where he doesn’t really have to
think about his defensive role, he can really do damage. He is that talented."
ROONEY ON SANCHEZ ARRIVAL
"I really think he is the perfect player for Manchester
United. He has got aggression, passion, desire. And you can see he is a winner.
"That is what Manchester United have really lacked – players around
Lukaku who can really push Lukaku on. Sanchez will do that. Like Tevez when he
joined United – he lifted players around him, getting that extra five, 10 per
WATCH: ROONEY ON EVERTON
ROONEY ON MKHITARYAN MOVE
"I saw it a lot in training, he is a quality player. I think
at United he did not get the freedom he really wanted to perform like he did at
Dortmund. I really do think he will kick on."
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