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Wayne Rooney names his four favourite Man Utd team-mates: No Ronaldo or Tevez…

Wayne Rooney has named his four favourite team-mates from his time at Manchester United and there was no room for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Carlos Tevez.

In total, Rooney spent 13 years at Old Trafford and managed to score a record 253 goals in 559 appearances. He also won countless trophies and individual accolades along the way.

Speaking on the Rob Burrow Podcast, United’s all-time top scorer revealed who his favourite team-mates were during his spell at the club.

Darren Fletcher

Of all the team-mates that Rooney named, he picked out Fletcher as his personal favourite. The Scottish midfielder was an unsung hero during his time at Old Trafford, but Rooney was quick to shower him with praise.

“I’d say, Darren Fletcher, he’s my best mate,” Rooney said. “Fletch was probably the one. We sat next to each other in the dressing room and shared really good moments on and off the pitch together.”

In total, the pair spent 11 years together at the club between 2004 and 2015. During that time they won 11 trophies together including five league titles and the Champions League.

Michael Carrick

Rooney also picked out Carrick as one of his personal favourites from the United dressing room. The holding midfielder joined the Red Devils in 2006 and spent 11 years playing alongside Wazza.

The pair are still best pals with each other today which is probably why Carrick was quick to defend Rooney after he lost his job at Birmingham City earlier this year.

“I’m bitterly disappointed for Wayne, knowing him as a friend, and I know he’ll bounce back, I know he’ll be a success,” Carrick told reporters.

“He’s too good, he’s too knowledgable and he’s had too much experience to not use that in the right way.”

John O’Shea

It wasn’t much of a surprise that Rooney named O’Shea as one of his favourites, considering the pair still have a good relationship to this day. During Rooney’s tenure as Birmingham City boss, he recruited the Irishman as one of his coaching staff.

While O’Shea was rarely the first name of the teamsheet during his time at United, he could always be relied upon to produce a solid performance.

In total, the defender made 393 appearances during a 12-year stint at the club. That’s some going.

Following Rooney’s dismissal from Birmingham, O’Shea also left the club and will now be focused on his coaching duties with the  Republic of Ireland.

Wes Brown

The final player that Rooney named as one of his favourite team-mates was Brown. Another underrated player from his time at United, it’s to see that he still keeps in touch with Rooney and co today.

“There’s probably four or five of us and we’re still friends to this day,” Brown told talkSPORT in 2020. “I’m in touch with John O’Shea, Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher. We still play five-a-side now.

“You make close friends at the club and we’ve got a WhatsApp group with about 16 of us. It’s a good laugh!”

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