Midfielder reveals what Man United striker is like in dressing room
Ashley Young lifts the lid on what Wayne Rooney is like in the Manchester United dressing room
Ashley Young has revealed that Wayne Rooney is one of the quieter players in the Manchester United dressing room.
The England captain became Manchester United’s record goal-scorer at the Britannia Stadium last weekend after he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton’s tally of 249 thanks to his added-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Stoke City.
Rooney is one of Manchester United’s longest-serving players after the 31-year-old moved to the 20-time English champions in a big-money deal from Everton at the start of the 2003-04 season.
The Manchester United striker was keen to downplay the significance of his 250th goal in a Red Devils shirt after Jose Mourinho’s side missed out on the chance to close the gap on their rivals.
Speaking to Manchester United’s website about his talismanic captain, Young gave an insight into what Rooney is like in the dressing room away from the media.
“He’s not one of those players who talks a lot – he’s fairly quiet in the dressing room but when he does talk everyone listens,” Young told Manchester United’s website.
“He’s got great things to say and he’s a great leader. For the youngsters he’s brilliant but even for us as senior players to work alongside him he’s got that aura about him that you feed off and you want to win. When you’re on his team in training and you don’t win, you soon hear about it! [Laughs]
“When I joined the club he was one of the first people who took me under his wing. We’d played for England before together but still for someone that influential to want to help you as soon as you walk through the door makes you feel at ease. He did that with me and I’ll be forever grateful for that.”
Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 14 points adrift of current leaders Chelsea.