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Wayne Rooney's struggles against Middlesbrough proof he should be dropped?

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Wayne Rooney is under pressure to produce the goods after a barren spell in front of goal which has seen him score just once in his last eight games.

The Manchester United forward, who is now England's all-time leading goalscorer, came in for criticism following his efforts in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday while new signing Anthony Martial, who has been in superb form since joining the Red Devils, was marooned out on the wing.

It doesn't look likely that Rooney's fortunes will turn around any time soon either. The 30-year-old could lead the line in Manchester United's Capital One Cup clash against Championship outfit Middlesbrough on Wednesday as boss Louis van Gaal looks to win his first piece of silverware with the Red Devils.

However, while Boro have spent the best part of the last 15 years between the Premier League and the Championship, Rooney has never really been able to put them to the sword.

The former Everton man has managed just five goals against them in 16 games across all competitions, and given his current form its hard to see him improving that record tomorrow.

Despite his poor record, he did score this beauty against Boro in the FA Cup back in 2004/05, and fans will be hoping for more of the same.

Van Gaal may move to rest his captain and give Martial a starting role in attack, something that would prove popular with the fans.

Rooney has been the subject of intense scrutiny of late, however Van Gaal refused to entertain questions about his lead striker, telling reporters: "I have to talk every week about Rooney, why?”

He continued: "I don’t give any more answers about Wayne Rooney. I am sick of them."

Rooney himself has been full of praise for Martial, despite that fact that the young Frenchman is gunning for his place in the Manchester United team.

"I think he has been incredible, how he has come over to Manchester and started the way he has," he told United Review.

"Let's not forget he is still a very young lad as well. To come over with his young family and start the way he has, he deserves a lot of credit. You can see what a good player he is and he'll be an important player for us from now until the end of the season. He is probably the quickest player in our team, if not the quickest in the league."

 Do you think Wayne Rooney should start up front tomorrow - or should Martial be allowed to shine?

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