Over the past few days, a growing number of voices have continuously urged Jose Mourinho to drop Wayne Rooney from Manchester United’s starting XI.
On Monday afternoon, a poll was launched by Red Issue, a United fanzine, which was entitled; “How do you solve a problem like Wayne Rooney?” Of those who answered, Red Issue found that 99.08% now wish to see the club captain dropped.
Playing for the entire 90 minutes during his side’s abysmal loss to Watford last weekend, Rooney arguably put in his worst ever shift in a United shirt. He didn’t complete a single tackle, he had zero shots on target, zero take ons and created zero chances from open play. Worse than any of the above however, Rooney lost possession 17 times.
Writing in The Telegraph on Monday, Jim White penned a piece titled; Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is just no longer good enough. In it, White went into great detail to clearly explain how Mourinho now has no choice but to drop his misfiring captain.
Surely, after this, Mourinho has to acknowledge that his faith in Rooney has run its course. Slow of thought and legs, United are a side currently functioning as if running through custard. And much of the blame lies with the continued selection, in the most critical position in the team, of a man who is playing on his reputation.
Liam Canning, a sports writer for Yahoo, The Telegraph and the Evening Standard, also simply stated just how baffling it is that Rooney is still holding back the club that he is supposed to be leading.
It's actually scary how a player like Rooney can escape the knife of three managers (so far) and continually hold back a global club.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) September 18, 2016
However, after all the complaints, it now looks as if Mourinho is finally set to bench the man that he has been desperately trying to force into his starting XI since the beginning of the season.
In an exclusive report in The Sun on Tuesday morning, it has been claimed that the Portuguese manager has now decided that enough is enough with Rooney, and he will now leave the former great out of his starting side against Leicester City this weekend.
Based on how it’s been going for the ‘Special One’ over the past 10 days, he’d better hope that this one pays off.
Man Utd fans about now… pic.twitter.com/m8TJ4tSP3V
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 19, 2016
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