- Dec 2, 2008
Rooney has a better long pass. Van Persie's better at taking free-kicks and corners. Van Persie's work rate was excellent in 2012-13, but Rooney is definitely more consistently a hard-worker. He's not superior to Van Persie in the air. No-one on Earth is questioning Van Persie's ability in the air since that goal against Spain except you.Passing, better set piece taker, better work rate, more flexible as can play different positions. Also despite Van Persie being taller, Rooney is actually superior in the air to him as well.
So you're not even a United fan and you're telling me who the better striker at my own club is? You've watched United in every game have you?You think Van Persie is a level or two above Rooney? The same Rooney who will likely end his time as your all time top scorer, the same Rooney who last season totally outperformed Van Persie? Who was maybe one or two goals shy of Van Persie's best ever tally when he was at Arsenal.
As for your stats, you've got them completely arse backwards. Rooney scored 19 in 40, Van Persie scored 18 in 28.
Van Persie's best ever total at Arsenal was 37 goals. So he was 18 goals shy of that, not 1 or 2.
What makes him a better striker? His ball control and first touch is far superior, Rooney's lets him down in both the #9 and the #10 roles he plays. I think he's a tidier finisher when 1 on 1 against the keeper, and he evidently just has much more in his locker when it comes to sticking the ball in the net. Better at striking the ball at goal from whatever distance and angle, can finish well with either foot, and has an uncanny ability to hit the ball with precision, first-time on the volley. All of these qualities and margins are absolutely central to the role of a striker. Yes, Rooney can drop deep and spray it out to Valencia better, and run around more often, but these skills are obviously less relevant.It's just ridiculous, the bias against Rooney. Van Persie is a level or two above Hernandez, not Rooney. What have you seen from Van Persie that makes him this much better? Plenty United fans last season wanted him out. Rooney's stats are just as good as Van Persie, generally with more assists added in and that's with him adding more with his excellent work rate as well.
I don't agree with that criteria. Football's very hard to reduce to numbers. They're never as objective as they look, and they're obviously a very incomplete measure of a footballer. The judgement of spectators, though subjective, is much more complete. Here, your credibility falls drastically short, because you don't watch these two every week, so it's not a surprise you exaggerate the effectiveness of stats as a measure.It's one of the stupidest things I've ever heard because it has no founding whatsoever factually. To be a level or two above Rooney as a striker, he'd have to be producing numbers that totally outstrip Rooney. He doesn't. Ronaldo or Messi are a level or two above Rooney, they produce numbers to back this up, as well as performances.
Anyway you're a Spurs fan aren't you? So you hate Van Persie to begin with?