Wayne Rooney shares Sir Alex Ferguson trait used to build Man Utd dynasty

Rooney, United’s all-time top scorer, was applauded for leading Derby County in extremely difficult circumstances

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Wayne Rooney has had a busy career in his short but dramatic time as manager.

But one of his former teammates has compared one aspect of his ability to that of the greats Sir Alex Ferguson.

Rooney played under Fergie for nine years and later became one of the all-time greats Old Traffordeventually landed the tag of the club’s record goalscorer.

Having started coaching at an earlier age than many expected, Rooney has certainly made the leap to troubled side Derby County. but despite the off-field dramas he struggles withthe former English skipper has received a lot of praise.

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Wayne Rooney has received plenty of praise for handling a difficult situation at Derby

Louis Saha, who spent four years at United as Rooney’s team-mate, believes his old-colleague shares a certain trait with Ferguson.

Speak with mirror footballSaha said: “It’s a tough job for him at Derby but he’s a tough guy.

“I don’t know him as a manager but what I see in terms of his commitment is class.

“I’ve seen some interviews and some really passionate body language on the sidelines.

Louis Saha believes his old United team-mate Wayne Rooney has a bright future in management

“And he has a lot of empathy, which is really important.

“It’s a way of really seeing a player’s weaknesses and strengths and then deciding how to help them.

“If you don’t have empathy and just ask someone to do what you’re asking, you’re not going to get anywhere.

“That was Sir Alex Ferguson’s main quality, so I think Wayne will do great in that and in so many other aspects.

“I think he has big plans as a manager.

“No disrespect to Derby but I think if he gets another chance at a so-called bigger club he’ll show great quality because he’s very smart and very dedicated.”

While one of Saha’s old team-mates has been impressing in the dugout, another is still at its best at 37.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s fairytale return to United last summer surprised many, but Saha isn’t surprised at the Portuguese’s longevity.

“I’m not surprised he’s still doing well, even at 37,” added the Frenchman.

At 37, Cristiano Ronaldo is still playing at the highest level for Manchester United


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“In every situation, he’s still the one chasing the ball after the 90th minute. Even when he’s out.

“He wants to score goals. He always wants to be there. He’s a great example.

“His stats speak for themselves. I am very blessed and privileged to have played with him and see him as a fan scoring so many for club and country.

“I don’t think we’ll see a player like him again. I just don’t see it. He’s just a great professional. I wish a lot of United players could imitate him and learn from him.”

Louis Saha spoke to the mirror in connection with William Hill.

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