Wayne Rooney has come under staunch criticism for his recent Manchester United performances.
Type ‘Wayne Rooney’ into Twitter and be prepared to see endless tweets slamming the United skipper.
Or just read what Chris Sutton said about him following United’s 2-1 defeat to Watford on Sunday.
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“Rooney is a problem for both Jose Mourinho and England manager Sam Allardyce,” Sutton told the Daily Mail. “Putting it simply, there are better players in his position for both club and country now.
“I would have the best player in Germany last year, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, playing instead of him for United and for England I would pick Dele Alli.
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“Rooney is holding both teams back. It is as simple as that. The problems really all come down to Rooney. He is the major issue here. If you leave him out it gives you far more options. Rooney has had his day.”
Tell us how you really feel, Chris.
Nani: Rooney is special
At least he was honest. Unlike Phil Neville, who refused to criticise Rooney despite another abject performance in last night’s win at Northampton.
Yet despite the negative comments, Rooney can take solace in the fact that former teammate Nani remains a fan.
The Portuguese winger, now playing for Valencia, even thinks the 30-year-old is still playing at a high level.
"Rooney is a special player. Strong, fantastic quality, shooting, vision – very intelligent," he told Omnisport, per Goal. "I enjoyed playing with him. He is a player who is a big part of Man United.
"He has the chance to improve that and build his story. If he continues to play at high level he can become the best there."
Considering Valencia are rock-bottom of La Liga with four defeats in four games, it’s no wonder Nani thinks Rooney is still a class player given the standard he’s currently surrounded by.
The England international will soon overtake Bobby Charlton as United’s all-time leading goalscorer, but the past year hasn’t been without its difficulties.
It’s clear that Jose Mourinho doesn’t know Rooney’s best position. It seems likely that the Portuguese will soon stop attempting to shoehorn the captain into his team and will instead leave him on the bench.
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