San Siro (Milan, Italy), Feb.16 (ANI): Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson has claimed that Wayne Rooney is as big as David Beckham.
Speaking ahead of tonight's Champions League clash between Manchester United and A C Milan, The Sun quoted Fergie, as saying: "Manchester United build up heroes very quickly. Players like Rooney will be that kind of player. Rooney has been fantastic and he has developed that aura. The way people write about him, he must be God!
"Though he came from Everton, the fans will always see him as one of the players who has grown up with us. We are peculiar like that. The players, like Beckham, who come through the ranks are always viewed as better than those you buy," he added.
Ferguson reckons that, as Beckham did at United, Rooney is now enjoying the best time of his career.
With 23 goals so far this season, Rooney is into his most prolific scoring spell.
Ferguson added: "His form has brought him to the high point of his career, without a doubt. That point he is at is encouraging. World class is a misused term. But with Rooney, you have to say he is getting to the point where he is now one of the best players in the world."
Ferguson is sure that Beckham, at 34, can still be a threat.
He said: "David has experience, 100-odd caps for England and has played for United, Milan and Real Madrid. It's the same experience as the likes of Nesta, Inzaghi and Seedorf. They all have that experience Milan bring." (ANI)