De Bruyne has developed into probably the greatest gamers in world soccer since becoming a member of Man City from Wolfsburg in 2015, scoring 34 objectives and offering 65 assists in 154 Premier League matches.
Rooney insists taking part in towards De Bruyne was ‘never easy’ and says the Belgian celebrity reminds him of former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs and Liverpool hero Steven Gerrard.
‘There’s little doubt Man City’s greatest weapon is De Bruyne — arguably one of many high three gamers on the earth proper now,’ Rooney wrote in a column for The Times.
‘Playing against him was never, ever, easy and I’ll at all times bear in mind Everton utilizing me and Morgan Schneiderlin, in a 4-4-2, towards a City midfield of De Bruyne, David Silva and Fernandinho, with Sterling dropping in.
‘They completely outnumbered us. Me and Schneiderlin have been in the course of the pitch saying, “What’s going on here?!” We have been 3-Zero down after 37 minutes and had 18 per cent possession within the recreation.
‘De Bruyne jogs my memory a little bit of Steven Gerrard. He drifts out to that right-hand facet and performs some good balls whipped in, like Stevie used to.
‘What I like most is he takes chances, he takes risks, he doesn’t go for the simple ball — he performs the onerous cross.’
Manchester United and England’s document goalscorer, now at Championship membership Derby County, added: ‘You watch, when he’s in possession in house different gamers begin working and that’s the largest praise you’ll be able to pay a midfielder.
‘When I played with Ryan Giggs and Giggsy got the ball, I made runs because I knew he’d attempt and discover me, and if it got here off he’d get me via on aim.
‘De Bruyne is like that. Teams think they can force him to play it to the side but he can squeeze those passes through the smallest gaps.’
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