Parker slams the forward for being selfish.
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Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has pulled no punches in his evaluation of new captain Wayne Rooney, whom he deems to be awful and selfish.
Rooney has been named both captain of the Red Devils and the England national team this season, but Parker doesn’t even think the 28-year-old should be on the pitch.
“He’s been awful. There he was at Burnley this weekend, supposedly captaining the team – but I saw a player interested only in himself, doing nothing to try and lift his game or inspire his team-mates,” the 50-year-old was quoted by the Mirror.
“The only thing in any way remarkable about his performance is that he collects £300,000 a week to play that badly.
“Once van Persie is fully fit again, Rooney must be the person to be dropped from United’s new attacking line-up. For me, it’ll be RVP and Falcao every time.”
It’s true that new manager Louis van Gaal does have something of a selection headache following the deadline day arrival of Radamel Falcao on-loan from AS Monaco on Monday.
With the Colombia international in the squad the Dutchman has Falcao, Rooney and Robin van Persie to call upon in attack and there are doubts over whether all three could play at the same time.
If Parker were in charge it’s clear to see who would be dropped.
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