Ahead of Manchester United’s opening game of Champions League Group C against Benfica tonight, Sir Alex Ferguson, according to Goal.com, has paid Wayne Rooney possibly the biggest complement a modern day attacking player could receive, by comparing aspects of his game to those displayed by Pele during the height of the Brazilian legend’s career.
Rooney has been in scintillating form for both club and country this season, displaying all the wonderful attributes he is known to possess in tandem with conducting himself in a level headed, disciplined manner for arguably the first team in his relatively young career, which has prompted Fergie to draw similarities between the player’s style and that of Pele’s.
“If you look at Pele, for instance, he was a very aggressive attacker also who could look after himself – so can Rooney. They have similarities that way in terms of strength, speed, determination,” claimed Fergie, in a vehement backing of Rooney’s unquestionable raw ability and talent.
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Giggs: We can beat Barca.
Although readily admitting that defeating Barcelona represents a formidable challenge, it is one which Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United are capable of overcoming should the two sides meet again this season, as reported by Goal.com.
A member of both the United side’s which were swept aside by Barcelona in last season’s Champions League final at Wembley and that of 2009 held in Rome, Giggs has experienced firsthand the quality the Catalan giants possess. Rather than being fearful of this however, Giggs chooses to view it as something which United have reason to be optimistic about competing with in the future.
“Teams have beaten them, and we beat them three years ago when they were not too different back then. What they’ve got now is more experience and confidence from winning things that they didn’t have back then. We’ve got to overcome that if we come up against them again. We’ll be confident we can beat them if we do,” said Giggs.
Aston reflects on Benfica win.
Tonight Manchester United’s current array of stars will take to the field against Benfica, who the Red Devils defeated 4-1 on the 29th May 1968 to win the European Cup at Wembley, an occasion which rekindles fond memories for Old Trafford legend John Aston, the Manchester Evening News informatively reports.
In a team consisting of two of the greatest players to have ever graced a football field in Bobby Charlton and George Best, Mancunian-born winger Aston produced a performance which eclipsed that of his higher profile colleagues to terrorise Benfica’s defence and help United to a comprehensive win over their illustrious Portuguese counterparts.
Ahead of the two club’s meeting once again this evening in Lisbon, being a member of a United side which humbled the, then, European Superpower that was Benfica, is something Aston reflects on with great pride.
“It was the club’s biggest night at that time because of Matt Busby’s dream (winning the European Cup) but it also turned out to be my biggest evening. I suppose all your best goals or unforgettable games are always those on the biggest occasions and they certainly didn’t get bigger than Wembley and the European Cup Final,” Aston beamed.