It’s understandable that Rooney will have trouble against teams pressing him as he finally starts the transition to midfielder in earnest. I think he could do well enough against bigger teams in time and with the right partner. I do think he’d be better off in a deeper role than as a No. 10 as when he’s fully fit he has the workrate the likes of Fabregas lack. He could look to emulate Scholes but I guess we’ll see how things turn out
I think Hodgson will find a way to fit Rooney into the side, especially if really is considering bringing Jack Wilshere along. I think it will be a 4-2-3-1 with one of Alli, Barkley and Lallana coming on for Rooney. I don’t think you can leave the experience of Rooney on the bench, especially in such a tricky group. And he’s less likely to change the game coming off the bench as opposed to one of the younger players.
It was bound to happen eventually. Wayne Rooney as a deep midfield will take some getting used to but I think he can do a job there. Whether he ends up being truly successful is another matter. I agree with the author that it would be beneficial for him to be in a three-man midfield as opposed to a pivot. Also, still don’t see why everyone earmarks Rashford as the forward ahead of Martial but we’ll see how that turns out.
England may just be better off with Rooney coming off the bench. Unless he’s played as a No.10 behind one of either Kane or Welbeck. It will be interesting to see what Roy Hodgson does in this round of internationals.
Agreed. Wayne Rooney may not be what England fans wanted him to be but he’s still been a very, very good player. All the awards, individual and team-based, are evidence of that.
Well written piece looking at things from a different angle. I think Van Gaal’s system is playing a part in Rooney’s struggles but a player of his quality also needs to adjust. Maybe that won’t happen and he’ll continue to be criticized.
Really, really good piece her on Wayne Rooney. I think he may be in for a big season as well. Crazy how long he’s been around and is now the longest serving United player. Good for him.
Very interesting thoughts. In this day and age it could be anyone’s last season at a club. I don’t think Rooney will leave United though, as we have to consider that it’s likely to be Van Gaal’s last season at the club.
Some good points laid out by the author. Rooney definitely went about things the wrong way, I’m not sure a transfer request during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign was necessary, but he had a point. I don’t think Manchester United would have suffered much longer, not as long as Arsenal, but this summer’s spending definitely buts them right back in the thick of things. I still think they have some obstacles to overcome to get some sort of silverware but the wheels are turning.