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Phil Neville slammed for supporting Wayne Rooney

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How do you solve a problem like Wayne Rooney?

As captain of Manchester United and England, you’d think the 30-year-old would be the first name on the team sheet of both club and country.

However, there are many supporters that believe he shouldn’t be playing for either.

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With his advancing years, it seems Rooney is playing further and further away from the opponents goal - finding himself playing as a deep midfielder on occasions and having very little impact on matches.

And even some of the most ardent Rooney supporters are starting to find it difficult to back him.

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The former Everton player failed to stamp any sort of authority on the Manchester derby this weekend and wasn't able to produce a performance you’d expect from a captain.

While many people are calling for Mourinho to drop his skipper, there are some still believing that he must play every match.

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One of those men is former United player Phil Neville. He was appearing on Monday Night Football alongside Jamie Carragher and surprised many supporters of the Red Devils by insisting Rooney must remain in the starting-line up.

See what he says here:

Neville's comments

“For me, he [Rooney] has to play,” Neville said.

“I know Jose [Mourinho] said he’ll play as a centre forward, or as a number 10, but the Southampton game, he ended up on the left-wing. In Hull, he ended up deep in midfield and on Saturday in the second-half, he played wide on the right-hand side.

"So, there is flexibility with Wayne Rooney and it’s like any manager that’s ever managed him, they start of by saying ‘he’s going to play centre-forward’ but then they realise he’s equally effective in other positions.”

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Well, after Neville claimed that Rooney ‘has to play,’ many people have reacted angrily on Twitter. They claim that Neville is ‘deluded’ by insisting he must remain in Mourinho’s side, and have questioned his football knowledge in the process. Check out some of the replies below:

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Of course, it’s not just Rooney’s place that may be in danger following the 2-1 defeat in the Manchester derby.

Summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard were hauled off at half-time while club legend has questioned both Daley Blind’s and Antonio Valencia’s ability to play in big games.

If that wasn’t bad enough, former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher blasted Paul Pogba’s display during Saturday’s defeat by saying it was like a “kid in the schoolyard.”

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Wayne Rooney
Everton
Gary Neville
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Premier League
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Ryan Giggs
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