Man Utd boss Ferguson: Rooney just like Robson

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says Wayne Rooney's reputation is taking on the proportions of Old Trafford legend Bryan Robson.

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All five of this season's defeats came when Rooney was not playing.

"He's an important player. He's different from everybody else. I remember coming here and they said United couldn't win without Bryan Robson and it became a sort of paranoia around the team. It's the same today. You can win without Wayne, given our squad, but if he'd played in those games we lost I don't think we'd have lost," said Ferguson. "It's not coincidental but you can't allow that to be cast in stone."

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