I support Man Utd. I want us to win every game and I do not care which individual scores once we win. This, however, does not mean I have to follow the crowd. It is human nature to convince oneself that one's own beliefs are correct and others must be wrong. My country is the greatest on earth, my race, my religion, my gender is superior to others who are different. Heck some even thought that their planet, Earth, had to be the most important thing in the universe and even the Sun revolved around it.
Therefore I am not surprised that the English public and especially most Utd fans bought into the feeling that Rooney is one of the greatest footballers in the world and a Utd legend. He is ours so he must be the best. This kind of thinking makes him highly marketable and thus his weaknesses are overlooked and the "intangibles" come into play, work rate, intelligence, leadership by example etc. His records are a façade. As I have said before any very good player consistently playing as an attacker for Utd and England would have as many goals as him. If some of the legends of English football played the number of qualifying matches that he has I am sure they would have more goals eg Charlton and Linneker and they actually performed well in the big international tournaments.
I undertand why most look at him with such awe but I am sorry I just see an above-average footballer with limited technical skill.
"Limited technical skill"?