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By Simon Stone, PA Sport

After sharing a dressing room with Wayne Rooney for 18 months, nothing the England star does comes as a surprise to John O'Shea anymore.

Rooney turned in arguably his finest Manchester United performance in Sunday's win over Newcastle.

The 20-year-old scored both goals in United's victory and the final tally should have been much more given the ease with which Rooney strode through the Magpies defence.

His opening effort, a 20-yard chip over Shay Given, was reminiscent of O'Shea's wonder-goal at Arsenal last season, while Rooney's second owed more to the pace, strength and lethal finishing that could eventually see him eclipse Ronaldinho as the world's best player.

Yet, as Old Trafford buzzed in wonder, for O'Shea it was just like another day at the office.

"Wayne doesn't surprise us," said the Irish international. "We see him in training every day so we know what he can do.

"We know the standards he sets himself which is why we were getting on to him when he was taking all those shots in the second half."

Rooney's search for a second United hat-trick eventually went unrewarded but his contribution went a long way to ensuring the Red Devils opened up a five-point lead over Liverpool in the battle for the second automatic Champions League spot.

O'Shea did his chances of extending his own run in the side no harm either with another effective display alongside Ryan Giggs in central midfield.

With manager Sir Alex Ferguson lining up some big name targets in the summer, having already splashed out £12million on Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra during the January transfer window, it may not be overstating the situation to say O'Shea is playing for his United future.

Everton boss David Moyes is apparently mulling over a bid for the Waterford-born star, although for the moment, O'Shea is happy enough trying to maintain the momentum gained from three successive eye-catching displays, starting with the Carling Cup final win over Wigan.

"I am enjoying it in central midfield," the 24-year-old said. "When you are playing alongside Ryan, you know that he is still going to run a lot with the ball and cause people problems, which gives you a bit more freedom to get on the ball and make a few runs yourself.

"I am happy with how things are going at present but it is important to get a run of games to show what I can do."
 

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I don't know about eclipsing Ronaldinho but he sure as hell will come close. Ronaldinho does stuff with a ball that Rooney can only dream of. But I'm over the moon...coz we've got the Roon :D
 
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