posted on Sep, 29 2004 @ 02:54 PM
George Best believes the "sky is the limit" for Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney.
Best, himself a teenage prodigy at United in the 1960s who went on to become one of the world's greatest players, was amazed by the 18-year-old's
breathtaking hat-trick on debut in last night's 6-2 Champions League victory over Fenerbahce.
Rooney is already being mentioned in the same breath as Best and another United hero, Eric Cantona, and the Northern Irish legend insists the club
have a superstar are on their hands.
"You look at that performance and you have to say that's as good as anything you've ever seen," Best said.
"I've been saying about him for two years and he's just getting better and better. The lovely thing about him is his temperament - he loves the big
stage and the sky is the limit for him, it really is.
"He's got to maintain that level of performance but there's no reason why he shouldn't. He's got everything going for him, he's looking the complete
player at 18 years of age.
"He can handle himself, he has two good feet, he's good in the air, he's got it all. Is he as good as me? Now don't be silly!
"You go through all the greats at Manchester United and you've certainly got to put him in there."