Wayne Rooney was once again the central figure for the Red Devils in their 3-1 home victory against West Ham, and his manager sees him on the verge of becoming a United legend.
Rooney assisted two goals in Man United’s home victory by setting up Danny Welbeck’s opening goal and also assisting the 3-0 by Ashley Young in the second half. United’s young starlet, Adnan Januzaj, had scored United’s second goal to give the home side a 2-0 lead at half-time.
The England forward featured in the number 10 role behind Danny Welbeck who again replaced the injured Robin Van Persie and started as United's main striker.
After the match United boss, David Moyes, who gave Rooney his first-team break as a 16-year-old at Everton, was full of praise for the English international.
"Wayne played great," Moyes said of the 28-year-old's display against West Ham.
"He dropped in and he took the ball. He passed the ball from a little bit deeper at times but also made a contribution in the goals. It was very good."
Moyes believes Rooney has matured into a leader on and off the field who is able to inspire and demand more from the younger players in the squad.
"In the dressing room now Wayne is one of those who is beginning to call the shots," Moyes said.
"Do you know what I see more than anything in Wayne? I see leadership. I see somebody who wants to take responsibility for the team," Moyes was quoted as saying by British media.
"I see somebody who cares for how he plays and how the team plays. More than anything, that is what I see from Wayne.
Ferguson's successor was relieved with the home victory after United had lost the previous two home games at Old Trafford and belives Wayne Rooney can become a club legend.
"He is getting to an age now where he realizes he is not a boy anymore. He is one of the senior men in the team. He is actually on the verge of being one of the great legends at this club."
Man United play next away to Hull City on Thursday and then travel to Norwich City on Saturday before hosting Tottenham Hotspur on January 1.
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