Regardless of how poorly he performs, it sometimes seems as if Wayne Rooney has a free pass amongst former professionals in the media.
For some reason, pundits are reluctant to criticise the Manchester United and England captain, even though it’s patently clear that he’s not performing at the level he should be.
And it’s not just pundits, either, it’s his managers too. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Roy Hodgson and now both Jose Mourinho and Sam Allardyce have all been guilty of pandering to the superstar.
Rooney was hopeless during United’s 3-1 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday - it doesn’t take a former professional to reach that conclusion.
The Mirror handed the 30-year-old a 3/10 rating which, if anything, seems a tad generous.
“A shocker even by his low recently standards,” the assessment on Rooney said. “Couldn’t do the basics right.”
Pundits appear so reluctant to criticise Rooney
But whenever former pros are asked about Rooney, the likes of Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Jamie Carragher, Steve McManaman and so many others are quick to defend the formerly world-class forward.
United fans have just about had enough and, after Trevor Sinclair and Danny Murphy also refused to criticise the under-performing star on Match of the Day two last night, they were left with no choice but to vent their anger on social media.
Video: Sinclair and Murphy defend Rooney
United fans react on Twitter
At least Stan Collymore calls it as it is...
Mourinho must seriously consider dropping Rooney
Fitting Rooney, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic into the same starting line-up always threatened to be an impossible task for Mourinho, who will be acutely aware that he now has some pretty big decisions to make.
With Premier League champions Leicester City up next for the Red Devils, Mourinho knows he can ill-afford to suffer an embarrassing fourth successive defeat.
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