Those who read this blog regularly will know that I’m a big fan of Wayne Rooney and tend to defend him whenever he faces criticism. Granted, sometimes he deserves the negative things that are said about him, but generally, I see him as a cut above and the first player I’d put in our team every week. I’d sell Ronaldo twenty times over before even considering letting Rooney go.

It seems that the Rooney obsession is spreading though, following his performances and goals for United and his country recently.

First it was Capello banging on about Rooney, then it was Rio Ferdinand. Now Sir Alex Ferguson has joined in.

“I think when players get into their mid-20s, they get more consistency and I think his consistency of scoring will improve,” said Ferguson. “What I have noticed with Wayne is when he goes in bursts, his form increases with it and that’s the way it’s been since he’s come to us. You hope by the time he gets to his mid-20s, with that experience that he’ll gather, that he’ll get more consistency to his scoring and it will spread out better for him. We know he can score, it’s just getting that consistency of scoring and he has to get that thing of what experienced players do. Players like Gary Lineker never kicked a ball in the game, yet walk off having scored two goals. Some players don’t accept that, though. They feel they have to play well all the time and Wayne has that mindset at the moment. It’s all a question of maturity.”