Solskjaer - Rooney gift is basic instinct

04 March 2010 10:48

Wayne Rooney is scoring goals through sheer instinct, according to former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The England forward netted his 28th goal of the season on Sunday to seal United's 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in the Carling Cup final at Wembley.

"Whenever you see a striker scoring goals you are happy for him and Wayne has really put practice in," said Solskjaer. "He has really worked on the training ground on repeating himself. That is what it is all about as a striker, getting your repetition in and then acting on instinct rather than having to think about it when you get on the pitch."

Rooney appears to have added yet another facet to his game in recent weeks, with the winner against Villa the fifth consecutive goal he has scored with his head.

It has come as little surprise to Solskjaer, who has observed the 24-year-old's development since Rooney joined United in 2004 and believes he has long had the makings of a complete player.

"He has got a good leap in him - he is explosive, he has the physical attributes and now it's about getting in the positions," Solskjaer said of Rooney's heading credentials.

"He has had the chances before and when you start scoring goals, you get one, then another one and that confidence and belief (comes) that you are going to score more.

"He gets into position more often, and sometimes he doesn't get the ball, but when he does he is capable of finishing.

"He has always been an all-round player for me - he can attack, he can defend, he can pass it, run with it, dribble.

"He is a manager's dream and he is hungry to win. He just wants to win and he loves football. That is what is so great about it - there is no hidden agenda."

Source: PA