Manchester United legend DEFENDS under-fire Red Devils captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United legend Lou Macari has jumped to the defence of under-fire club captain Wayne Rooney.

The England international has come in for criticism from a section of Red Devils supporters after struggling to make an impact in the club’s opening three games of the new season, despite playing in his favoured centre-forward role instead of in midfield.

After failing to find the back of the net against Tottenham and Aston Villa, Rooney wasn’t able to get off the mark during the 3-1 victory over Belgian outfit Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League playoff first-leg tie on Tuesday night.

His last goal for the club came back in April against Villa – nine games ago -, but Macari believes the striker is far from finished and has tipped the United no.10 to soon rediscover his scoring touch:

“If you are a top player and you are not delivering every week people are ready to criticise and they have been quick to criticise this season,” he said [via talkSPORT].

“Some take a few games to get going because they may have put on a few pounds over the summer and I’d probably put Wayne in that category.”

“I’ve read that he is finished and this and that and that is absolutely ridiculous. He will be back.”

“Confidence is a big thing. When he gets a couple of goals his confidence will come back and we will see the player we have seen season after season at Manchester United,” Macari stressed.

Rooney’s next chance to get on the scorsheet will be at weekend as Newcastle United are the visitors to Old Trafford and the 29-year-old will be hoping for a repeat performance from the corresponding fixture last season, where he bagged a brace in a 3-1 win.

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