Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has likened Wayne Rooney to Brazilian great Pele.
Responding to an observation from Benfica coach Jorge Jesus that Rooney is “more Brazilian or Argentinian” than English in the way he plays the game ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League encounter with United at the Stadium of Light, Ferguson made his own comparison.
“Look at Pele,” said Ferguson.
“He was a very aggressive attacker as well who could look after himself. So can Rooney. There are similarities that way in strength, speed and determination.
“But he is white, completely white.”