Manchester United star Phil Jones believes fans should appreciate Wayne Rooney more than they currently do.
The 30-year-old equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s Red Devils goal scoring record on Saturday, netting against Reading in the FA Cup to take his tally to 249.
However, the forward has been criticised for his performances over the past year, and even been dropped from Jose Mourinho and England’s starting XIs.
‘It is a tremendous achievement. We were all rooting for him to break that record and he has equalled it now so hopefully he can go one better now and I’m sure he will,’ Jones told the club’s official site.
‘He has been a fantastic servant, not just for Manchester United and England but football in general. He is a player who people idolise and look up to, so all credit to him.
‘He’s a special player. Everyone knows that. At the moment he gets his share of criticism but he’s a phenomenal player and has been for many years. We should embrace him while he’s here because he won’t be around forever.
‘We’ve got to appreciate him while he’s here now. He’s a fantastic player for what he’s done for club and country, and for football in general. Everyone looks up to him. He’s a world-class player and he will go down in history.’