Marcel Desailly has heaped praise on Wayne Rooney and Kaka after both players struck twice in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Milan on Tuesday.
Two-time Champions League winner Desailly was impressed by Rooney, particularly with how he has coped with playing in the shadow of team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo this season.
“Rooney has not been extraordinary,” Desailly told L’Equipe. “What I appreciated with him is his ability to melt into the collective.
“Alex Ferguson decided not to play him in his usual position – on the wing – but in the centre of the attack. He merged into the group and has been rewarded with two goals.
“However, he was facing an ego problem, because Cristiano Ronaldo has become the starlet of English football.
“But Rooney played, accepting to let his own ego go to one side. That shows off his performance.”
Desailly, who now works for Milan as a scout, also praised the efforts of Kaka.
“About Kaka’s performance, it is not a surprise,” he said. “He could express himself in his best position, as a second fake forward behind Gilardino, which allowed him to remain a punchy player.
“He is not magic, he is outstanding. Kaka has acceleration and pure skill, and on that level he is really fantastic.
“He is among the top 10 in the world just like Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Totti, Eto’o etc.
“On a collective level, Rooney can play both at Manchester or AC Milan, but Kaka is not a player for Manchester.”