Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stated that Wayne Rooney was dropped for the Red Devils clash with Leicester, in order to rest him for next weeks encounter with Zorya Luhansk.
However, speaking on Sky Sports after the game Gary Neville stated that Rooney’s omission is due to his age.
“No player at 22 is the same at 32, 33, 34. If you look at Paul Scholes, he went from a marauding midfield to a holding midfield player, Steven Gerrard the same, Giggs from a flying winger to a central midfield player.” Neville said on SkySports.
“Rooney’s going through that period now. I think potentially there will be a little bit of relief for him, in the sense of the scrutiny around him in the last week.
“It’s how Wayne Rooney reacts to it. There will come a point where he will have to make that decision of either playing every week or coming to that point in his career where he may come out of the team one week, then go back in and adapt to that type of position.”
Rooney was controversially left on the bench yesterday however, the decision proved to be right as United recorded a 4-1 win over the reigning champions Leicester City at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils put a halt to a two game losing streak in the league.United take on the Ukrainian side Zorya in the Europa League next week before hosting Stoke City at Old Trafford next weekend.
The England international has provided three assists and scored one goal in eight appearances for United this season. Rooney scored just eight Premier League goals for United last term.
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