Wayne Rooney has revealed what it’s prefer to face Kevin De Bruyne on the sector.
And the Manchester United legend believes that his former Manchester Metropolis foe is likely one of the three greatest gamers on the planet for the time being.
Rooney lined up towards De Bruyne in Manchester derbies simply twice, shedding one and drawing one, however the next season he felt the complete pressure of the Belgium worldwide as Metropolis beat his Everton crew 3-1 at Goodison Park.
Writing in his column for The Sunday Instances , Rooney stated: “There’s little doubt Man Metropolis’s greatest weapon is De Bruyne — arguably one of many prime three gamers on the earth proper now
“Taking part in towards him was by no means, ever, straightforward and I’ll at all times bear in mind Everton utilizing me and Morgan Schneiderlin, in a 4-4-2, towards a Metropolis midfield of De Bruyne, David Silva and Fernandinho, with Sterling dropping in.
“They completely outnumbered us. Me and Schneiderlin had been in the course of the pitch saying, ‘What’s occurring right here?!’
“We had been 3-Zero down after 37 minutes and had 18 per cent possession within the sport.”
Rooney goes on to check De Bruyne to United legend Ryan Giggs and Liverpool nice Steven Gerrard.
“De Bruyne jogs my memory a little bit of Steven Gerrard,” Rooney stated. “He drifts out to that right-hand facet and performs some good balls whipped in, like Stevie used to.
“What I like most is he takes probabilities, he takes dangers, he doesn’t go for the simple ball — he performs the laborious move.
“You watch, when he’s in possession in house different gamers begin operating and that’s the most important praise you possibly can pay a midfielder.
“After I performed with Ryan Giggs and Giggsy bought the ball, I made runs as a result of I knew he’d try to discover me, and if it got here off he’d get me by means of on aim.
“De Bruyne is like that. Groups assume they’ll pressure him to play it to the facet however he can squeeze these passes by means of the smallest gaps.”