Paul Parker has been scathing in assessment of England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney…
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Former Manchester Untied and Engand defender Paul Parker has launched a scathing attack on Wayne Rooney, who has recently been made the captain of both his club and country.
The Daily Mail quoted the 50-year-old, who made 105 league appearances for United between 1991 and 1996. In a shocking personal attack, Parker branded the striker as ‘awful’ and called for him to be dropped following the arrival of Radamel Falcao.
As the source explains, the prolific Colombian has arrived at Old Trafford on a season-long loan deal and Parker believes that should spell the end of Rooney’s time in Louis van Gaal’s first team.
Parker, who was capped 19 times by England, took particular exception to Rooney’s performance during United’s uninspiring 0-0 draw with Burnley last weekend, while he also expressed his astonishment at the player’s wages.
After discussing Robin van Persie’s disappointing display at Turf Moor in his Yahoo! Sport blog, Parker wrote: “As for Wayne Rooney, he’s 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 £300,000 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?”