Manchester United strutted their way passed a slightly weakened Arsenal team yesterday. Apart from the first 15 minutes, where Arsenal were in complete control, Manchester United ran the match at their preferred tempo and style. Arsenal looked weak and apathetic and maybe all these big games are starting to take their toll on the young gunners. Manchester United had a few star performers, Vidic was fantastic yesterday and looks like a great signing by Sir Alec, and then there is of course Wayne Rooney, the wonder-kid.
Now I have never been one to rave about the excellence of players. I’ve seen the papers go wild on players like Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard…..we could go on and basically name the whole England team to be honest. They believe these players are as good as any in the world. I remember once Steven Gerrard being matched to Zidane, which is my opinion, is a joke. My point here is that for once I believe the papers have a point. Mr Wayne Rooney is actually an exceptional talent, he makes things happen, he is quick, he has an absolutely brilliant shot, he is good at running with the ball and above all, to me anyway, he has unrivalled vision. People don’t realise how much he seems to read the game, but it is his biggest asset above all other things and that is what stands him apart. That is what allows him to find the space on the pitch and that is what allows him to pick out the right pass. It is the one of the talents in football that you must be born with and he certainly has it.
Now England once played their football around a certain Alan Shearer, playing long balls to him, lots in the air, and I used to get so frustrated because the guy is not good enough to build a team around. A good friend of mine, who by they way is a Newcastle fan, adores Shearer and when I pointed out to him that he was not in the same league as Wayne Rooney – he believed I’d gone insane. Obviously I don’t believe this to be the case. Alan Shearer was a good striker and no doubt he has been one of the top goal scorers in this country for the last decade, BUT that is all he is. The guy never had much pace, he never had any skill and he definitely didn’t get the vision gene. This two players are a class apart, because Wayne Rooney can do all that Shearer can do (hold the ball up and score goals) but do much more. I’ve heard all sorts of people rave about Alan Shearer and what a legend he is, but its so annoying. He isn’t Ronaldinho, Henry, Zidane or even an Etoo because the guy couldn’t create anything without the rest of his team. What makes these players legends and world class is their ability to conjure something from nothing, to take the ball from the halfway line and dribble 4 men and change a game. Sure Alan Shearer will finish a one and one or score you a good header, and there is a place for that and that classifies the man as a good player, but to build a national side around that and call him a legend is definitely wrong.
Now you are probably all saying that Wayne Rooney is not the same calibre of player as I talked about above, the Zidanes and Ronny’s of this world. My one point to you would be this, do you think that at the age of 20 they were playing like they are now. Of course they were not. Now I don’t think Wayne Rooney will ever have the skill of say a Ronaldinho, but then he has other attributes that for me will counter this. Now even I don’t believe that he will ever be as good as Ronaldinho because in my opinion Ronny could be the best man any of us ever have the luck to watch in our lifetime. On the other hand I do believe that Wayne will be considered a world class player if he carries on progresses at this pace and I think the doubters out there should realise that 14 goals + all the assists and amazing work he has done for United this season is a world class performance for a 20 year old. He is certainly a man a team can be built around and hopefully he can lead England to somewhere near the final of the world cup, although I personally think Brazil have it in the bag. After that rant I would like to hear your opinions on the young boy – please post your comments and tell me what you think of my minority opinion!
On another note can Man u really win the title?! I posted the article about 3 weeks ago and I would say so far I haven’t got it very wrong. I should have put a bet on. In my opinion it will all be down to the Bolton game and If Chelsea get a win it will all be over. If they even draw, then I truly believe Man u will have a great chance because pressure and confidence are a massive part of football.