Rooney praises Rossi
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wayne Rooney believes rising talent Giuseppe Rossi might be the best finisher at United.Wayne Rooney believes rising talent Giuseppe Rossi might be the best finisher at Manchester United.
The 18-year-old impressed against Burton Albion with his brace against the non-leaguers in the FA Cup, helping The Red Devils to a 5-0 triumph.
Although Rossi is yet to make the first-team breakthrough at United, Rooney is fully aware of his talent after keeping close tabs on him in training.
"Giuseppe is a great player and one to watch out for," said Rooney. "I see him every day in training and he really impresses me.
"His touch, feel and awareness are brilliant. He is perhaps the best finisher at the club and he will only get better."
Meanwhile, United States are set to offer the youngster a fresh chance to represent them and not the country of his parents' birth - Italy.
Rossi, who grew up in New Jersey, moved to Italy when he was offered a football scholarship with Parma, before joining United aged 16.
The striker had been included in Italy's Under-19 set up prior to joining United, but has not been called-up since his switch to England.
Bruce Arena is hoping Rossi might be tempted to join in their World Cup preparations, although he has consistently stated he wants to play for the Azzurri.