Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong has expressed delight after coming out ontop against Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer Wayne Rooney during Watford’s 1-0 victory over Derby in a Championship game at Pride Park.
The Nigerian joined the Hornets this summer, after ending his two-year spell with Italian side Udinese as he penned a five-year deal.
“Rooney was someone I watched growing up, and you have to make sure you don’t give him any chances around the box,” the former Udinese defender told Watford FC.
“I was surprised he missed the one late on, but I think we did well to keep him quiet and not give him any space.
“You try and shift him onto this left [foot], but I’ve seen him score with his left foot, too. We tried to make it as hard as possible for him and not let him face you up and have a shot at goal.
“We did that quite well in the first half and in the second half, besides from that chance and the free-kick. You have to be careful with a quality player like that.”
Watford are currently fifth on the Championship log with ten points, having won five and drawn one of their five games played so far this season.