Manchester United legend Roy Keane is generally known as a rather unhappy man, and it seems that he has now turned his ire onto current striker Wayne Rooney, who he has slammed for not leading by example following the side’s goalless draw with PSV Eindhoven, the Daily Mail reports.
Rooney was unable to inspire the Red Devils to victory over their Dutch opponents, leaving their chances of qualifying for the next round of the Champions League in the balance.
And Keane, who thought the 30-year-old ‘looked terrible’ feels that he isn’t pulling his weight the way he should be and even questioned how he is spending his time away from the pitch.
“It seemed a strange atmosphere at Old Trafford tonight, they lacked cutting edge,” the Republic of Ireland assistant manager said.
“You got the impression the players were waiting for something to happen, rather than going and making it happen. Wayne [Rooney] was on about lack of composure and quality, but I think he was as guilty as anybody. He needs to step up to the plate.
“You look at Wayne’s legacy at Old Trafford, it’s absolutely fantastic, his goals record is brilliant. But now he’s the captain there’s more responsibility and I think he’s got to do a lot more.
“I always question certain players what are they doing off the field. Last week I saw him slapping a wrestler and I’m thinking ‘Why is he getting involved in all that nonsense?’ There’s no benefit to him. I’d have a look at that side of it.
“It’s certainly not helping him. I wouldn’t begrudge him going out and enjoying himself, but if you’re not at it yourself you’ve got to have a look and lead by example. He didn’t do that tonight. He doesn’t look sharp, he looks awful.
“Mentally he doesn’t look really sharp, physically he doesn’t look in great shape. He needs to have a look at himself.”
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