Lou Macari believes that Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney may be carrying some extra weight and that it could be a reason for his poor start to the season.
Rooney has been criticised for his lack of goals in a Man United shirt recently and was poor by his very high standards in the game against Club Brugge on Tuesday night.
The United captain has struggled with his weight and fitness during his career and has pointed out in the past that if he doesn’t train for a week he will put on weight.
Macari believes that Rooney will return to form once he gets more games under his belt.
“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,” Macari said.
“It is a little bit unfair because at this stage of the season all the players that come back for pre-season are in different shape. Some are ready to go because that’s the way they are and the way their bodies are made.
“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.”
United have not bought a No.9 yet this summer as Louis van Gaal believes that Rooney could be the main striker for him this season.
It remains to be seen whether the Englishman can be the player van Gaal wants him to become and that United so desperately need. Rooney needs games and needs to find his touch again if United are to challenge for the Premier League title this year.