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Wayne Rooney has come under criticism from Paul Parker.

Paul Parker: Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is overweight and slow

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You have to go back as far as five seasons ago for the last time we season Wayne Rooney at his best.

It was in 2011-12, when he scored 34 goals in all competitions as Manchester United endured a rare - well, during the Sir Alex Ferguson era, at least - trophyless season.

At the current point of his career, Rooney has split supporters like no other time before. Some believe he's holding Jose Mourinho's team back by preventing another player from starting, while there are some who point to his goal in the 3-1 win against Bournemouth as proof that he can still deliver the goods.

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But one thing that we can all agree on is that Rooney's best years are behind him.

If the 30-year-old, who turns 31 in October, spends the majority of the season on the bench, it's easy to imagine him leaving Old Trafford in the summer. Despite his advancing years, there are plenty of clubs who would be willing to pay a fortune for the forward.

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And there's one former United player who reckons this is a defining season for Rooney.

Paul Parker, speaking exclusively to 888Sport, hit out at the five-time Premier League winner in a rather spectacular rant in which he called Rooney "overweight and slow".

Rooney is being judged

“This is a defining season for Wayne Rooney," Parker, who played for England as well as United, said. "It’s no longer about him breaking records but finishing his career at Manchester United. He needs to show his worth and that he deserves to be in the team and not just because of marketing.

"As much as people appreciate what he’s done over the years and how many goals he’s scored football is about now and being judged on now.

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"Who is this fella?"

"If someone had only heard of Wayne Rooney but seen him now they’d think ‘Who is this fella? He’s overweight and slow. That shot was terrible and it looks like he can’t move or shift his body quick enough.'"

“That’s the problem with football today – you’re getting judged by people who have only heard about you and not seen you in previous seasons.”

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Rooney will be the first to admit that he isn't ripped, but overweight? That seems rather rash from Parker.

If Rooney is overweight, then we'd hate to see his description of Gonzalo Higuain.

Read the full 888sport interview with Paul Parker, including his thoughts on how Paul Pogba may not live up to the price-tag.

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Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
England Football
Football
Premier League
Paul Parker
Manchester United

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