Wayne Rooney is the kind of player you love when they’re playing for you and hate when they’re playing against us. His passion, his drive, his ability and his love for the club all add to why he is so popular amongst our fans, but equally, why he can be so unpopular amongst fans of other teams.

Sir Alex Ferguson has today argued that whilst footballers receive a lot of criticism in this day and age, nobody could argue that Rooney isn’t worth what he’s paid, given the effort he puts in to every game he plays in, whether on the training ground or at Old Trafford.

“He’s blessed with certain ingredients that only great footballers have,” said Ferguson. “It’s the determination and hunger to win every match, every time he goes on the field, every training session. He’s blessed with that and it’ll never change for him. They’re wonderful things to take into football. We sometimes wonder with the criticism about what footballers get paid but when you see that effort he puts in, he’s worth every penny he’s paid because he plays as if he means it.”