It could be argued that Wayne Rooney is an acquired taste. Maybe simply an exotic taste.
He, like Jack Wilshere, is one of the few England internationals who has the talent that could match that of the world-class Spaniards and brilliant Brazilians. This is due to his vision and composure on the ball, the way in which he plays with an unpredictability that tends to evade the rest of the Lions.
There is no need for example as it can be seen in the majority of the matches the 27 year-old is involved in, but should one be pushed, his memorable acrobatic brilliance at Old Trafford against Manchester City back in February 2011 to give United the winning goal stands out as the obvious. Due to talent? For sure. Due to class? Without a doubt.
The ordacity to attempt an overhead kick in the latter stages of a match against not only your local rivals, but challengers for the title, is impressive, but to successfully complete, is staggering.
Mr Mourinho says he "likes him very much", coyly proposing the idea of a switch of city for the man from Merseyside. He said he is "fast and direct". That he is, but for all Rooney's talents he cannot be put in the same category with the Ronaldos, the Messis, the Bales, the Matas, the Suarezs. Why? Because those players may require the ten men around them but they single-handedly provide brilliance that gives their team points that otherwise would have been lost.
Rooney has done this on numerous occassions as well, like we happily revisited earlier, the utter wizardry involved in the over-head kick that gave Manchester United the three points that Saturday at Old Trafford spurred the Red Devils on to win their 19th English title.
But what about the season just passed?
We could claim that if he wasn't on the pitch then he can't provide the goods but who is to undermine the decisions of Sir Alex Ferguson? Wayne Rooney spent the majority of the Champions League tie against Real Madrid warming the bench and had it not been for a rash refereeing decision, the three-time European Champions could have been on their way to a fourth.
Last season, Rooney scored 12 goals in 22 appearances in the Barclays Premier League. The season before, he scored 27 in 32.
We never have known what drama occurs behind closed doors at the Theatre of Dreams but Sir Alex's claim that Rooney had handed in a transfer request implied that the 27 year-old's head was not in the right place. When Rooney begins to play with his heart rather than his head then maybe he can be amongst those aforementioned.
Rooney delights and wonders, but he does so in fits and spurts. Are those fits and spurts worth £60m? Well that is for the man who spent £50m on Fernando Torres to decide.