Wayne Rooney’s place within the starting 11 at Manchester United has come under increased Scrutiny this season, after a mediocre start for the Manchester United and England captain.
Over the last two weeks, Manchester United have been under the media spotlight after a poor run of form.
As the leader on the pitch, Wayne has been at the for front of the criticism after less than convincing performances against Watford and Northampton in the league cup.
Therefore,the question has been raised:
Should Jose Mourhino drop Wayne Rooney for Saturday’s game?
Well, based on form alone, he should be definitely dropped for the game against the Champions. However, to find the true answer to the question we have to ask some more:
1, If Jose Mourhino drops the England Captain, do Manchester United have a better option to replace him?
If Jose Mourinho decides to drop Wayne for the game against the Champions, I expect we will see Pogba move into the number 10 role and either Morgan Schneiderlin or Michael Carrick would slot in next to Fellaini.
Morgan Schneiderlin had a decent game in the League Cup on Wednesday night and was widely praised for his contribution. Although, I personally feel he isn’t at the standard to dictate a game to the level expected from a Manchester United midfielder.
So we look at Micheal Carrick, player who we all thought was leaving Old Trafford last season. However, Jose Mourhino obviously thought Carrick still had something to offer, and I agree. Michael Carrick is a quality midfielder, his ability to control a game with his pinpoint passing is applaudable. He has the experience and knowledge to make Manchester United’s season get back on track.
2, Are Manchester United Fan’s forgetting Wayne’s ability to single handily change games?
In May, we saw Manchester United play Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Wayne was the MOM that day and was sublime, dictating the play well.
Wayne has carried both Manchester United and England on numerous occasions throughout his career. He has the ability to score amazing game changing goals, and he has won the Goal of the Season award three times.
Overall, to answer the question ‘Should Jose Mourhino drop Wayne Rooney for Saturday’s game?’
I believe he should be rested for the game. On Sunday against Watford he looked tired and you could see in his decision-making wasn’t up to the required standard. Against Northampton, he seemed to just go through the motions and looked burned out.
Wayne has the quality to bounce back, but for Manchester United and England fans, maybe a change and a rest is best.
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