Michael Carrick: What I really admire about Man United striker
The Manchester United midfielder discusses his admiration for striker Wayne Rooney
Michael Carrick has hailed Wayne Rooney’s relentless contribution to Manchester United throughout his long career at Old Trafford.
The England captain became the club’s record goal-scorer at the Britannia Stadium after Rooney scored an added-time free-kick in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City.
The 31-year-old’s sensational set-piece goal in injury time at Stoke took his tally to 250 goals for Manchester United, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s tally of 249.
Rooney has won five Premier League titles, the Champions League, two League Cups and the FA Cup during a distinguished playing career at Old Trafford.
Carrick has been team-mates with Rooney for the best part of a decade following the midfielder’s switch to Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006.
Asked to name which of Rooney’s qualities that he admires the most, Carrick told Manchester United’s website:
“There are so many. Obviously his finishing isn’t bad! He’s scored so many goals and so many different types of goals over the years.
“I think it’s about what he’s brought to every team he’s played in though – that drive, that determination, that aggression and the will to win as well as all the technical qualities he brings and how good he is as a player.
“He’s taken the captaincy on board for club and country. I think he’s done that very well and it’s suited him in many ways.
“There are just so many different things you could say about him which shows what a special player he’s been over the years.”
Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 14 points adrift of current leaders Chelsea with 16 games to play in the 2016-17 season.