The new Bresciano? I'll do it Mooy way, says Socceroo

Socceroo Aaron Mooy has shrugged off comparisons with midfield veteran Mark Bresciano and says he is loving being back in the national team.

Mooy, who missed out on Australia’s Asian Cup squad, was recalled for the friendlies with Germany and Macedonia.

The 24-year old came off the bench and played 21 minutes in the 2-2 draw with the Germans and started in the 0-0 stalemate against Macedonia.

Mooy has been likened to Socceroo legend, Bresciano – who retired from international football last month – because of his passing vision and range, as well as his ability to both score and create goals.

But the Melbourne City man just wants to make his own name in the Australian set-up.

“I’m not Bresciano,” Mooy told FourFourTwo.  

“I just try and do my best and show what I can do, if I get the opportunity. I’m not Bresciano, so no one should expect that.

“It’s great to be involved (in the Socceroos again). Every opportunity I get, I love every minute. I’ve been pretty happy with how I’ve been going in the A-League and hopefully I can continue.”

Mooy described the friendly with Germany, where he replaced Mark Milligan in the second half, as a great experience.

“It was a great result,” he said. “The boys created a lot of chances. It was every end-to-end, a quick pace. They put us under the pump at the end.”

The Melbourne City man made his Socceroo debut back in 2012 after playing for the Young Socceroos and the Olyroos.

He has been in terrific form this season for City, the club’s top scorer with five goals and he has also picked up seven assists.

It has been an inconsistent season for the Melbourne outfit but they currently sit in sixth place with 33 points.

“It’s been a bit up and down,” Mooy admits.

“We play a brilliant game and then next week we’re completely different. If we can turn up and play consistently we can beat any team so we’ve just got to look to do that. Every game from now on to the end is a must-win game.”

Mooy broke into the A-League with Western Sydney in 2012. He joined City at the start of the 2014-2015 season and says he has no regrets about leaving the Wanderers.

“No regrets, I’m enjoying my football a lot,” Mooy said. “I’m playing in a position that suits me more and I’m happy about how everything’s going.”

Western Sydney has struggled this season and has registered just three wins from 23 matches, which has surprised Mooy.

“I’ve been a little bit surprised but they’ve had a very tough couple of years, I think it’s all built up and it’s affecting them,” he said.

“Maybe that’s the problem, I don’t know.”

Mooy spent time as a youngster in the UK with Bolton Wanderers and St Mirren, and said he harbours ambitions of playing abroad again one day.

“I’m sure every play wants to play at the highest level they can so all I can do is keep trying to play and improve,” he said.

“Hopefully in the future something comes up, but at the moment I’m just trying to improve as much as I can with City.”