Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has stated that Louis Van Gaal should drop Wayne Rooney and the ex-Red Devil defender has been highly critical of the English captain’s performances this season.
Rooney has featured in Manchester United’s opening three games and with United failing to win a game in the Premier League a number of players have been criticized. The club captain’s performances have been questioned, Paul Parker the latest to speak his mind.
Parker spoke in his Yahoo! Sports Blog and claimed that Rooney has been awful and should be dropped.
“Wayne Rooney has been awful. There he was at Burnley this weekend, supposedly captaining the team – but I saw a player interested only in himself, doing nothing to try and lift his game or inspire his team-mates.
“The only thing in any way remarkable about his performance is that he collects €375,000 a week to play that badly.
“Once Van Persie is fully-fit again, Rooney must be the person to be dropped from United’s new attacking line-up: for me, it’ll be RVP and Falcao every time.
“He’s always shown in his career that he’s not afraid of the big decisions; he showed it most recently with his goalkeeper substitution for the shoot-out at the World Cup, and he’ll have to show it once again because the way things are looking there will be no place for Rooney in that starting line-up soon.”
Van Gaal must now choose between Robin Van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney for two positions in central striking roles and with the Englishman recently being named as the new Manchester United captain he is expected to start the majority of games under Louis Van Gaal.
Van Gaal could potentially opt to start all three with Rooney reverting to a deeper midfield role but against the more talented teams in the Premier League this may leave the United defensively vulnerable.
Parker does not think that Rooney should be used in that role, as it is where Juan Mata has excelled in the past, most notably with Chelsea.
“And though there’s lots of talk about him playing in the hole behind that front two, I think that’d be a huge mistake – why would you have Rooney there when Juan Mata or Angel Di Maria would do the job so much better?”
With doubts about Robin Van Persie’s fitness it could be a front two of Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney, however in the long term it will be difficult to keep all three happy.
The arrival of Falcao has certainty added more competition for places upfront and both Rooney and Van Persie are potentially not automatic starters with the arrival of the Colombian superstar.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.