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Wayne Rooney needs pace around him at Manchester United - Paul Scholes

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Paul Scholes believes Wayne Rooney needs pace around him if he is going to play as the lone striker for Manchester United.

The Red Devils captain led the line against CSKA Moscow but was unable to stamp his authority on the game, on another quiet night for the England international.

Anthony Martial's header rescued a point for the Old Trafford club and Scholes gave his thoughts on why Rooney struggled upfront.

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As per BT Sport, the former Manchester United midfielder said: "He's no good if he doesn't have pace around him.

"And I was exactly the same, I need pace, I need movement around me and in front of me and Wayne Rooney is not getting that so it makes him look not the player that he should be."

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CONSISTENCY

Having scored the third goal in United's 3-0 win over Everton on Saturday, it appeared Louis van Gaal had found the formula to make Rooney a success through the middle. However, their performance in Russia was the complete opposite to their display at Goodison Park.

Ander Herrera was unable to get up in support of the England captain while Martial and Jesse Lingard also struggled to get in and around Rooney. Compare that to Saturday's game on Merseyside where the Spanish midfielder was constantly able to link-up with his captain.

It is a question of consistency in United's performance and at this moment in time they do not have that.

There is no question Rooney is still an important player for the Old Trafford club, but he is not the man of years gone by, he relies more on the influence of his team-mates. Something that was severely lacking Moscow.

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