It is hard not to feel that Wayne Rooney is not rated as highly as a Manchester United legend as he should be. The all-time top goal scorer in the history of the club, the former England international enjoyed a glorious career at the Theatre of Dreams that lasted 13 years and brought a lot of silverware to the club. On top of his game, he was without doubt, one of the best players in the world.
One could argue that Rooney peaked as a player too early and his game was on a downward trajectory even before he had turned 30. There is certainly a debate to be had there.
But for what he achieved at Manchester United, both for the team and individually, there is no doubt that Rooney is one of the greatest players in Red Devils history.
Rooney was part of the brilliant Manchester United team that won three straight Premier League titles and reached three Champions League finals over the space of four seasons, as well as the team in the post-Ferguson era which struggled to even finish in the top four. He has seen it all and done it all at Old Trafford. And when asked by SPORTbible about his favourite player to play with, he said:
"“Tevez. I just loved our connection.“The two of us up front, we complimented each other really well.“Normally if I played with Louis Saha, Ruud van Nistelrooy or Robin van Persie – these strikers were always the No.9 and I’d play as a No.10.“With Tevez we could rotate, I’d be the No.9, he’d take the No.9 spot and I’d be No.10. When we lost the ball we’d be like two bulls trying to get it back.“As a strike partner, he was the one I enjoyed playing with the most.”"
Manchester United legend names Carlos Tevez as favourite to play with
While easy to forget, Manchester United had never actually signed Tevez on a permanent basis. Instead, he was only on loan from West Ham United.
The Red Devils failed to complete a move for him and he would instead end up joining the club’s cross-town rivals, Manchester City, who were nowhere near the force in English football back then that they have become today.
Tevez was a key member of a Manchester United team which had lifted the Champions League, a couple of Premier League titles and several more trophies. And it is hard not to wonder how things would have turned out if they had signed the Argentine on a permanent deal.