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
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
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.'