After enjoying a prolific summer transfer window, where Manchester United made some big name signings in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, and most importantly the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager, the Red Devils made a brilliant start to the campaign registering three successive wins.
However, everything has seemingly gone downhill since the defeat to arch rivals Manchester City on September 10.
United have suffered two more losses since, with Watford adding more difficulties to their plight on Sunday afternoon.
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The latest defeat brought forward the debate of whether Wayne Rooney is still the main man to guide United forward, while it is believed he would have no place if Pep Guardiola was at the helm.
He continued by saying Rooney isn't just a problem for Mourinho and United, but he's also a problem for Sam Allardyce and England.
“Rooney is a problem for both Jose Mourinho and England manager Sam Allardyce. Putting it simply, there are better players in his position for both club and country now. Mourinho has got to be brave enough to leave Rooney out.”
The scenario is quite different on the blue half of Manchester as the Catalan boss began his tenure amassing five consecutive wins, and the Citizens are already six points clear of United at the top of the league.
Known for his physicality, technical skill, and creativity, Rooney’s form, as well as his ability to control the game, have plummeted over the years with managers trying to bring the best out of him by accommodating him in a deeper midfield role.
Guardiola is pragmatic in his approach and didn’t hesitate in excluding Yaya Toure from the squad, despite him being instrumental in City’s triumphs over the last few seasons. Maybe something Mourinho should consider when looking at Rooney.
However, some are of the opinion that the Old Trafford based outfit have too many of the same genre of players and the Portuguese tactician is finding it hard to settle the squad, let alone aim for a league title in his first season.
It was Mourinho who claimed he would never delegate the England international on midfield duties, but it was a contrasting scene at Vicarage Road on Sunday, with the 30-year-old playing at the heart of midfield.
The 53-year-old former Chelsea head coach is set to axe Rooney from the team as they travel to face Northampton in the League Cup tie on Wednesday.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for the striker, and a quick fix is needed to bring back the glory days for Manchester United.
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