Ahead of the Champions League final between United and Barcelona, Carra wrote in a column for the Daily Mail: "So, as Manchester United prepare to tackle Barcelona, the challenge facing Wayne Rooney is an obvious one: can he move through the gears to conjure the performance that will see him spoken of in similarly glowing terms in years to come?
"For United to stand any chance of beating Barcelona, they need Wayne to be on top form. After all, he is undoubtedly one of the top players in Europe. He has played in two Champions League finals so far. When United lost to Barcelona in Rome two years ago , he played on the left and sacrificed himself for the team; 12 months earlier, he was substituted in the penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea.
"Two World Cups sandwich those games and, for whatever reason, he did not perform quite as well in Germany or South Africa as he did when he lit up the European Championship in 2004.
"Should he put in that massive performance or score the winning goal at Wembley, it would complete an already distinguished c.v. and Wayne has definitely looked much better in the last three months than he did at the start of the season."