Wayne Rooney ‘hugely impressed’ by three Man United players

Wayne Rooney ‘hugely impressed’ by three Man United players

Wayne Rooney says he has been impressed with Man United trio Marcus Rashford, Raphael Varane and Casemiro.

"On the pitch, Casemiro has done a lot to bring the mentality change and Raphael Varane looks more settled and bringing his winning experience to the group. And then there’s Marcus Rashford," he said.

"If you think back to only a year ago, Marcus was in and out of the starting XI, hardly scoring, playing in different positions and the smile I remembered from that lovely kid who came through the ranks and broke into our team when I was captain was gone.

"Now, he looks a totally different player and to be in a great place off the pitch as well. You can see he is enjoying his football and is more positive in his running.

"He penetrates with his runs off the ball and commits defenders when he’s on the ball – doing everything I wrote about wanting to see from him. He has always been a good finisher but, in front of goal, you can see the improvement that comes from confidence.

"He is taking his chances now without a second’s thought whereas before he was overthinking and taking that extra second, then not being as decisive with his finish as he should be.’

United continue their Premier League campaign on Sunday afternoon with a trip to St James’ Park to face top-four rivals Newcastle United.

AuthorToby PrinceSourceThe Times

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