He was fast, but no way was he one of the fastest players in the world - faster than a prime Robben? No way! However, our counter attacking style meant that some of our players would reach close to their top speed compared to other teams that played differently. Rooney was never mentioned by Ferguson as one of his fastest players. I'm pretty sure that Rio, before his injuries, would easily outpace him. When Valencia arrived at the club, Rooney said as much that if he could get one attribute from any player, he would want Valencia's sheer speed; Valencia was clearly faster, for instance.