Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker says Wayne Rooney should be dropped, claiming his performances have been “awful” so far this season.
The England international has just one goal for United tso far this
season with the Red Devils yet to win a competitive game, having lost
once and drawn twice in the Premier League and been knocked out of the
League Cup by MK Dons.
Rooney - named club captain by Van Gaal
this summer - will now face competition for his place from new signing
Radamel Falcao, who arrived on loan from Monaco on deadline day, and
Parker says Rooney does not deserve to start.
“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,” he wrote in his Yahoo! Sport blog.
“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.
“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?”
Parker also insists
that Van Gaal would not be afraid to drop Rooney, despite having made
him club captain, following his appointment as manager at Old Trafford.
“That'll leave Van Gaal with a big call to make: dropping Wayne Rooney,” he added.
“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.”