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Wayne Rooney has been a symbol of consistency for Sir Alex Ferguson for the past couple seasons and for this reason, he is Manchester United's top-rated striker. He has been far and away the best player that Manchester United has had to offer for quite some time. He has become a fan favorite and is widely considered one of the greatest players in the world.
While some critics characterize Rooney as hot-headed, selfish and slow, most, including England head coach Roy Hodgson and Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard would agree that Rooney's value on the field far outweighs his weaknesses.
He is a constant threat to score. Last season, Rooney scored 27 goals in EPL play, second only to Robin Van Persie.
For this reason, teams must commit defensive resources and attention to the striker whenever he is on the pitch. Even when Rooney does not find goal, his presence on the pitch draws defenders in a way that opens up lanes for other strikers.
Rooney can score in a variety of different ways. He is strong on the ball, has a good mixture of power and finesse and showed last season especially how dangerous he can be from free kicks.
Furthermore, Rooney's ability as a passer gives him added value as a floating striker. Rooney can play back in midfield and play the ball up the sides to wingers such as Nani and Valencia, but he can also work the ball up the middle to any of United's top strikers.
This versatility is what makes Rooney United's top striking option. He is not only a prolific goal scorer, but a leader and team player that any EPL team would be lucky to have on their team sheet.