Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Manchester United aren’t a one man team: Dunne

Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne has refused to brand Manchester United as a one-man team as the two teams prepare to meet in next month's Carling Cup final at Wembley.

Dunne was denied the chance to face former club Manchester City in the final on February 28 as the Red Devils won the heated semi-final second leg at Old Trafford thanks to a last-gasp goal from Wayne Rooney, which secured a 4-3 aggregate win.

It was another example of how central Rooney has become to United's hopes of glory following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez last summer.

But Dunne knows United have plenty of talent in depth.

He said: “Last year everyone was saying United are relying on Ronaldo too much.

“One man doesn't make a team and, regardless of who's scoring the goals for them, United are still up there and challenging strongly.

“As good as Wayne Rooney is, and he has been in fantastic form, he can't just do it all on his own.

“He needs support, but then the players that they have there will nearly always be the best around.”

Dunne, who helped Villa hold Arsenal to a goalless draw in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday night, added: “Would I have preferred to play Manchester City? No, I'm at Aston Villa now and that's all I'm concentrating on. For me and for the club, it's going to be a great day at Wembley and that's something we can look forward to.

“Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world so we're looking forward to a tough final against them.”

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