Juan Mata runs rule over Man United striker Wayne Rooney

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says Wayne Rooney is one of his best-ever team-mates

Juan Mata has hailed Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney as one of his best-ever team-mates.

The United captain equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 goals for England after the 29-year-old scored in a 6-0 victory over San Marino in their most recent Euro 2016 qualifier.

Rooney has endured a subdued start to the season at club level after he failed to score in their opening four Premier League games, although he netted a hat-trick against Club Brugge.

Spain international Mata, who moved to United in a £37.1m deal from Chelsea in January 2013, backed Rooney to set an impressive England goal record.

“Special congrats to my teammate Wayne Rooney for equalling Sir Bobby Charlton as England’s leading all-time goalscorer,” Mata wrote on One Hour Behind.

“Wayne is one of the best players I have ever had as a teammate, and I am sure he is going to set a record very difficult to beat in the future.”

United’s third highest all-time goalscorer has failed to find the net in his last 10 league matches, a dismal run stretching back to April.

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Rooney was unable to help United avoid a 2-1 defeat by Swansea City in their most recent Premier League outing.

The 29-year-old also gave the ball away cheaply for Swansea’s equaliser to round off a thoroughly disappointing day for Louis van Gaal and co.

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