Everton manager Roberto Martinez has admitted that he is “surprised” by the criticism directed towards Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
Rooney has been under pressure lately as he struggles to find form. The former Everton man has just one goal in the Premier League this season and his performances have been extremely underwhelming.
England’s record goalscorer has faced huge backlash from the media and some of his own fans for his displays.
However, despite his poor run, Martinez doesn’t quite understand the panic over Rooney. There are calls for Louis van Gaal to drop his captain when Man United make the trip to take on Everton this Saturday but the opposition manager does not see it that way.
“Rooney has a lot more admiration and respect from other countries and that is not the normal. Normally it is the opposite.”
The England captain has been moved around in terms of his position and it is clear that van Gaal is trying to find the right spot for him in the team. Rooney has played as a leading striker as well as in the No.10 role since the arrival of Anthony Martial, but has struggled in both capacities. Fans are beginning to lose patience with their skipper as they feel van Gaal offers him favouritism as captain and another poor display against Everton could be the final nail in the coffin for the man chasing United’s all-time goalscoring record.