Wayne Rooney’s worst ever Manchester United strike partner

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney achieved something exceptional earlier this season when he equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record for the club.

Who cares if it went in off his knee, it still counts and Rooney has written himself into United’s history once again.

Since joining the club in 2004, Rooney has played with some of the world’s best strikers, turning himself into one of them in the process.

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Although he’s played with Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dimitar Berbatov and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, there’s one player who truly doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath.

Rooney got his United career off to a perfect start when he netted a hat-trick in the 6-2 rout of Turkish side Fenerbahce in the Champions League in September 2004.

Ryan Giggs and Van Nistelrooy scored a goal apiece and the forgotten man on that night gets our vote as the worst striker to partner Rooney: David Bellion.

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The French flop scored four times in 24 appearances for United, before Sir Alex Ferguson shipped him out on loan to West Ham and Nice, who he’d eventually join on a permanent basis.

Radamel Falcao may have been truly awful during his time at Old Trafford, but he’s done enough elsewhere to prove that he isn’t – or wasn’t – a complete dud.

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The same goes for Diego Forlan and, despite his slightly disappointing career, Federico Macheda’s delightful and essential goal against Aston Villa puts him above Bellion.

Sorry, David, you’re the worst player ever to partner Wayne Rooney in attack at United… yet.

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