Rio Ferdinand has insisted that Wayne Rooney deserves more credit following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League.
The 31-year-old, who equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s 43-year-old goalscoring record at Man United last week, was introduced at half time against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Jose Mourinho’s men, with Rooney operating in the No.10 role, duly responded to a difficult first half with an impressive furore during the latter stages of the encounter, drawing level in the 84th minutes through Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
And Ferdinand, speaking on BT Sport after the game, noted that Rooney deserved more credit for his endeavours at Old Trafford.
“There’s no appreciation. There’s no real appreciation of a player that is playing at the top, top, top end of his game. Producing big performances year in, year out. Consistency on another level and were still looking for chinks in his armour.
“Appreciate what we have. Other countries do it so much better than us, and we always look for the negative rather than the positive. I think we need to follow their lead a little bit more.”
Rooney’s 45 minute cameo merited mixed responses from supporters and pundits: United, on one hand, looked far less troubled by Liverpool’s pressing after Mourinho, looking to employ a more direct approach, placed the captain behind Ibrahimovic; on other hand Rooney, clearly determined to finally break Charlton’s record, notably struggled to produce much in the form of final product going forward.
One can’t help but feel as if placing Henrikh Mkhitaryan at No.10 and using Marcus Rashford out wide instead would have given the visitors more problems in the second half.