The Man United captain once again put in an underwhelming performance as his side lost 2-1 away to Swansea City on Sunday.
Neville, who made 602 appearances for United, feels that Rooney’s role in the side has changed due to Louis van Gaal‘s tactics and usage of the England striker.
The former full-back also touched on Juan Mata‘s dwindling impact on games this season, despite the Spaniard getting himself on the scoresheet against the Swans.
He added: “Rooney is not a safe player. He should be on the half turn and attacking. Same with Mata, they’ve got to stop playing safe.”
United’s skipper has come under a lot of pressure this season and he is still without a goal in the Premier League in four games so far. A hat-trick against Club Brugge in the Champions League qualifying round satisfied supporters but his performance against Swansea was, once again, poor.
Rooney will turn his focus to leading his country next week, as England take on San Marino and Switzerland in their European Championship qualifiers. United fans will be hoping he can find his scoring boots on the international stage and then carry some good form into the game against Liverpool at Old Trafford after the break.