Wayne Rooney was teammates with Idrissa Gueye for only one season at Everton FC, but that was apparently enough for him to realize the Senegal international was good enough to play for his former club, Manchester United.
In a piece published by The Sunday Times (via Metro), Rooney discussed a number of different topics, including his initial impression of Gueye and how he urged the Red Devils to sign him a year before he left for Paris Saint-Germain.
“Everyone talks about [Gueye’s] tackling and energy but what surprised me was his quality on the ball—he always looked to play it forward and to your feet.”
“After a month playing with him, I spoke to people at Manchester United saying he was good enough for them.”
“I wasn’t shocked when Paris Saint-Germain signed him.”
Gueye left Goodison Park for the Parc des Princes in July of 2019 for a reported fee of approximately €32 million. His standout performance this season came in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League against Real Madrid. In that match, PSG won 3-0 at the Parc des Princes and Gueye registered an 8.3 rating according to WhoScored.com.
Considering Manchester United recently started Scott McTominay in midfield in a big match against Tottenham Hotspur, which they drew 1-1, something tells me that they probably wish they listened to Rooney and signed Gueye.
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