One time Premier League title winner Alan Shearer has stated that Wayne Rooney ‘carries United’ at times, a day after the Premier League’s top goal scorer commits his future to United. Alan Shearer famously turned down the opportunity to win a host of medals, twice, by signing for Blackburn Rovers in 1992 and Newcastle United in 1996. Legendary captain Bryan Robson stated in his autobiography that even as a fellow Geordie he couldn’t ‘understand’ as to why Shearer opted out of success at United.
The former England striker now BBC pundit described Rooney’s performances as ‘spectacular’ and stated that he has ‘stepped up’ after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer. Shearer was speaking to BBC Five live:
“I think he has carried United on his own at times. That’s saying something for the size of that particular club.I think his performances have been spectacular and I hope he’s not peaking too soon, as an England fan. As important as he is to Manchester United, he is just as important to England, and I don’t think anyone should forget that. On the other hand there were question marks.”
“People were saying he has to step up his performance this year because of the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo [to Real Madrid] and boy has he done that. I wouldn’t bother resting him – I don’t think he appreciates being rested either. I was exactly the same, you know your own body better than anyone else. He seems to thrive on playing and he hates missing games. The fear I have with him is injury and that is not something he, nor anyone, can do anything about.”