Bryan Robson believes Wayne Rooney can follow in his footsteps and become a legend for both club and country.
Former England captain Bryan Robson believes Wayne Rooney can follow in his footsteps and become a legend for both club and country.
Robson is one of United's favourite sons after captaining them for 12 years and winning three FA Cups, two league titles and the European Cup Winners Cup.
He also won 90 caps for England and scored 26 international goals, playing in three World Cup finals.
But such was the quality of Rooney's performance on his United debut that Robson is already talking of him as a future legend, too.
He said: "There is no doubt that Wayne could become one of the United greats. He has such terrific ability and reading of the game.
"I have to say that his performance Tuesday was one of the most exciting debuts for United I have seen."
Robson is clearly hugely impressed by Rooney's performances both in the Premiership and for the Three Lions and he is adamant the 18-year-old has the mental strength to survive Roonmania and all the hype that surrounds him.
He said: "Nothing seems to faze him and he is very tough. But he will have to control himself and make sure he takes everything in his stride, not let things go to his head.
"I think he can do that. He has outstanding ability and that is the main thing. He is playing with top players and they can help develop him into an even better player. It's very exciting for Manchester United and for England."
England Head Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson will name his England squad to take on Wales and Azerbaijan here on TheFA.com on Sunday night.
The Three Lions take on the Welsh at Rooney's home ground of Old Trafford on 04 October before travelling to Baku to play Azerbaijan four days later.
Wayne Rooney Factfile
Nationality: England (17 caps, 9 goals)
Date of Birth: 24 October 1985
Place of Birth: Liverpool
Height: 5' 10''
Weight: 12 04
Statistics refer to league appearances only.