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'Wayne Rooney won't get plaudits until retirement': Robson





  • Manchester United News: Get all the latest from Old Trafford 
  • Wayne Rooney recently became Manchester United's all-time goalscorer
  • Bryan Robson rates the striker as a 'special player' in the club's history 
  • But Rooney has made just eight starts in the Premier League this campaign 
  • The England forward has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League 

By Robert Cottingham For Mailonline

Published: 05:16 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 05:32 EST, 17 February 2017

Wayne Rooney will not get the plaudits he fully deserves until he stops playing, according to Manchester United legend Bryan Robson. 

Rooney recently became the all-time top scorer at the club moving ahead of Sir Bobby Charlton with his late equaliser against Stoke last month, which took him to 250 United goals.

The United and England captain has won five Premier League titles and a Champions League during a glittering career at Old Trafford, but there has been much debate over whether he truly ranks among the club's greatest-ever players.  

Manchester United presented Rooney with a golden boot for reaching 250 goals for the club Manchester United presented Rooney with a golden boot for reaching 250 goals for the club

Manchester United presented Rooney with a golden boot for reaching 250 goals for the club

Rooney celebrates becoming  United's all-time goalscorer after his free-kick against Stoke Rooney celebrates becoming  United's all-time goalscorer after his free-kick against Stoke

Rooney celebrates becoming United's all-time goalscorer after his free-kick against Stoke

WAYNE ROONEY'S CLUB HONOURS

Premier League titles (5) - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013

Champions League - 2008

FA Cup - 2016

League Cups (2) - 2006, 2010 

However United legend Bryan Robson thinks Rooney has more than proved himself to be a very special player in the club's history.

Robson told Omnisport: 'To break the records that he has broken at international level and at Manchester United, you have to be a special talent.

'I don't think people are putting him up there with the greats at United but that's what happens when you're still playing.'

Rooney is struggling for game time under Jose Mourinho this season making only eight starts in the Premier League and scoring just two goals.

This has sparked speculation the 31-year-old could leave the club in the summer with a mega-money move to the Chinese Super League touted as a possible destination for the England skipper.

Rooney has won five Premier League titles and a Champions League during his time at United Rooney has won five Premier League titles and a Champions League during his time at United

Rooney has won five Premier League titles and a Champions League during his time at United

Bryan Robson reckons players only get the credit they often deserve once they retire Bryan Robson reckons players only get the credit they often deserve once they retire

Bryan Robson reckons players only get the credit they often deserve once they retire

But Robson, who is an official club ambassador at the club, believes Rooney will be remembered as a Manchester United great once the forward retires.

'He's been in and out of the team but for me when he retires in years to come, people will call him a great player. 

'He will get that status but when a player is still playing they don't get the accolades that they should get.'

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