Manchester United fans were wildly unimpressed with Wayne Rooney‘s performance during their side’s 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Community Shield.
Rooney, who has received strong backing from Jose Mourinho ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, cut a detached, lethargic figure all afternoon, struggling to control the ball and sustain attacking movements.
Man United fans didn’t hesitate when it came to criticising the 30-year-old.
I’m all for Rooney achieving the all-time goalscoring record for Man United, but after that, #mufc have to sell him.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) August 7, 2016
Rooney's been awful. This isn't hatred it the truth
— john c (@johncowell57) August 7, 2016
Rooney needs to watch out. Mata and Mhkitaryan and Rashford ready to take his place. If it wasn't Rooney he'd be off by now.
— OfficialAgentInsider (@AgentOfficial59) August 7, 2016
Wayne Rooney is a vortex of despair. #MUFC
— Muhammad Butt (@muhammadbutt) August 7, 2016
For some unknown reason, Rooney continues to occupy a place in the starting XI after years of manifest ineptitude.
His presence at No.10 was a huge detriment to the whole side going forward: whilst Zlatan Ibrahimovic produced some nice touches in front of him, with both Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard looking energetic out wide, Rooney’s poor control, horrific turning speed and waning strength brought United’s attacking movements to a standstill.
As a No.10, deftness, speed and agility are all paramount attributes when it comes to launching a free-flowing, unpredictable attack. With wingers either side and the striker ahead, the No.10 serves as the axis of a front line. With Rooney continuing his terminal decline, United, despite their numerous options in attack, will be hugely handicapped this season if the Englishman continues to start in that role.