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Carrick heaps praise on red hot Rooney

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick heaps praise on teammate Wayne Rooney ahead of tonight's clash against Portuguese side Benfica 

Michael Carrick believes Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney is heading for the best season of his career. Rooney has been in electric form so far this term. His hat-trick at Bolton on Saturday was his second in successive games, taking his overall tally to eight goals in four matches -- just three fewer than he managed in the Premier League throughout last season.


Red hot: Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney. PIC/Getty images

Although Sir Alex Ferguson intends to make some changes when United begin their latest Champions League quest against Benfica tonight in order to keep his players fresh for Sunday's showdown with Chelsea at Old Trafford, it would be a surprise if Rooney was not involved in some capacity. "This is probably Wayne's best season so far and I am expecting big things from him," said Carrick.


Michael Carrick

"He has done well in the past but he is getting more mature. He is handling things well and going from strength to strength. Sometimes he plays well but because he hasn't scored, people don't think he has played well. They just judge him on his goals. "To score and perform the way he has is brilliant."

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