“Fantastic,” said the Boss, of Rooney. “He’s thriving in his role of leader of the front players. Welbeck’s young, Hernandez is young, Ashley Young has just joined and Wayne’s thriving in the responsibility and I think that’s important.”
On Young’s spectacular brace, Sir Alex marvelled: “Marvellous goals, fantastic. He’s settling in very well, good understanding of the game, great energy, beautiful balance… he has all the assets to be a really top player.”
Having stoutly defended Arsene Wenger in his programme notes, Sir Alex reprised his stance by conceding that he felt a degree of sympathy for adding to the Frenchman’s woes.
“Of course, because he’s a great football man,” he said. “He’s done an incredible job for Arsenal for 15 years, he’s given them a quality of football that they’ve never experienced. He’s brought some exciting players to his club and he deserves respect for that, especially from myself.”