Wayne Rooney is 'totally fearless', says his former Manchester United team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooy
29 September 2009 12:05
Ruud van Nistelrooy has hailed his former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney as 'totally fearless'.
It is five years this week since the England striker made his Old Trafford debut alongside Van Nistelrooy.
The 19-year-old, who had arrived as a £25million signing from Everton, introduced himself in spectacular fashion, scoring a hat trick during a 6-2 demolition of Fenerbahce.
'If I had to single out one aspect of Wayne's performance it would be his attitude,' the Holland veteran told The Sun. 'He is totally fearless.
'He had a big transfer fee on his back, it was his home debut, it was the Champions League and he knew all eyes were on him.
'Yet he went out, did his thing and scored a hat-trick. If that was not a statement of character, I don't know what is.'