Manchester United were winning 2-0 with 72 minutes played, before Wayne Rooney was subbed on to the pitch. The game exploded in to life, with a fruther five goals being scored in the remaining 18 minutes, Rooney scoring two of them.

Rio Ferdinand, who will spend most of this season as our captain with Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs losing their place in the starting XI, has today claimed that Rooney has the potential to be the best in the World one day, if he just allows himself to become more selfish.

“Maybe it has had to be drilled into him, but Wayne is playing more like an orthodox centre-forward for us and – given time – he could easily be the best in the world,” said Ferdinand. “He has the capability, without a doubt. He has more tools in his box than any other number nine in the world. I have every confidence in him. It is just a matter of him being given the time, and I am sure he will put it into practice.”

Rooney has scored 23 goals in a season for United before now, but Rio reckons our young forward has the capabilities to do even better.

“Sometimes he needs to be more selfish,” Rio added. “I feel he is capable of getting 25 or 30 goals a season. I know how difficult Wayne can be to play against, and if he continues to keep working in the right areas he can be top scorer in the Premier League. But in order to achieve it, you must have a certain amount of selfishness – and he probably needs it a little bit more.”