Long way to go to deserve Manchester United icon status: Rooney

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London, Mar 13(ANI): Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney reckons that there is a long way to go before he can compared with some of the club's legends.

His comment comes after several former United stars including David Beckham hailed him as the best player in the world, and one of the best to have pulled on the red shirt.

Rooney is enjoying a jaw-dropping campaign after taking his goal tally for the season to 30.

"I have so much learning and improving to do over the next few years. At the end of my career it would be nice to be spoken of as one of the greats. But right now I certainly don't see myself as that," The Sun quoted Rooney, as saying.

"It's only my sixth year at United - you need a few more before you can be saying that," he added.

The 24-year-old further said that midfield Paul Scholes is one man at Old Trafford who fully deserves that iconic status.

"It's hard to sum up Scholesy because he's changed his game since he was younger. He's like a quarterback now, getting it in the middle and spraying it around the field," Rooney said.

"He's unbelievable - he's one of the greatest of all time," he added.

When asked about his reaction over England manager Fabio Capello overlooking him for the captain's armband when John Terry was dumped as skipper, Rooney said: "I captained against Brazil, which was great. Hopefully one day I could do it full time. But now is not the right time."

"There are more experienced players in the team who deserve to be captain. I think that and obviously the manager does too," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, March 13, 2010, 12:13 [IST]
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