Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney

Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise for Man United captain Wayne Rooney. The Norwegian striker believes that the United captain is already a legend at the club despite being in poor form this season.

Solskjaer has shared the dressing room with Rooney during his time at Old Trafford. Rooney equalled Dennis Law’s tally of 237 goals for Manchester United after scoring against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday. The former Everton striker is already top scorer for England and 12 goals away from becoming Manchester United’s all-time top scorer.

Rooney is a top teammate

Solksjaer, during his pre-match conference before Molde's game against Celtic, insisted that “Wayne's a legend at the club, he's been fantastic since he arrived.” While talking to media, Solksjaer also joked about Rooney getting the opportunity to join United because of him by saying “Rooney might thank me for getting that injury as we needed strikers back then when I got injured, so United signed him.”

The Molde manager also admitted that “Rooney has been a top, top team-mate of mine, he's a great lad and he wishes him all the best.” Solskjaer heaped further praise for Rooney by suggesting that “Wazza will go in the history books as one of the best players to have ever played for Manchester United and England.”

Rooney gives his best in every position

Rooney has shown his versatile nature throughout his career. He has modified his game according to the position he has been in deployed, a winger, a forward, a playmaker and even as a central midfielder. Solksjaer believes “when you've got Wayne Rooney, wherever you put him, you'll get a top, top performance and you could even put him in goal.”

Louis van Gaal has been under immense criticism lately due to team’s numerous goalless draws. Paul Scholes believes that the Dutchman has been too negative which has led to United’s dire performances in the final third. Solksjaer also admitted that “Man Utd has always been an entertaining, attacking team to watch and I've been part of it and really enjoyed playing for them in that style."