Man Utd ace Rooney: Small-sided games helped my development

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admits playing small-sided games as a kid helped him develop his skills. Rooney credits street soccer to his success as a senior player.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admits playing small-sided games as a kid helped him develop his skills.

Rooney credits street soccer to his success as a senior player.

He told the Daily Mail: "Small-sided games see you get the ball in much tighter situations and you need to be able to get yourself out of them. You are used to getting the ball and immediately are under the pressure and therefore learn about how best to cope with that pressure. When the pitch opens up in 11-a-side games you seem to have all the space in the world. It definitely helped me. That’s for sure."

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