Wayne Rooney could not resist reminding Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher of the club’s 27-year title drought during his Monday Night Football appearance.
Rooney played the pundit during Sky Sports’ coverage of Watford’s win over Chelsea and was asked about a range of topics ranging from Sir Alex Ferguson’s team talks to his favourite strike partner and why Henrikh Mkhitaryan only lasted 18 months at United.
The record United goalscorer was specifically asked about his role in an attacking triumvirate with Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. United won two Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Club World Cup and the League Cup with the trio over the course of two seasons until Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for £80million in 2009 and Tevez’s loan expired.
United’s Champions League-winning front three was compared with Liverpool’s forward line of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah and Rooney was asked what the difference is between them by Carragher.
“The difference we had is Premier League winners’ medals,” Rooney laughed. “We had real quality behind us and the defence was solid. For them three to get to the level we were at, they need that wall behind them.
“Alex Ferguson used to let us attack how we wanted but if you’re on the wing, you had to track back on the wing. We had a good compromise because me and Tevez would do a lot more work defensively than Cristiano.
“But with Cristiano, you knew he would win us those big games with the big moments. With any other player, you probably wouldn’t but with Cristiano, he was that good you had to accommodate him. I would gladly do that for him to score big goals and help us win trophies.”
“I think they are very dangerous. Firmino works very hard to win the ball back and they have a lot of pace. As good as they are, Salah takes them to the next level.”