Rooney was left out of Man United’s team against Leicester City at the weekend and our barnstorming 4-1 victory has led to real questions over whether Rooney should be left out of the team for the time being rather than for simply one game.
That win leaves Rooney with a tougher task to force his way back into the team and Custis says Mourinho has encouraged Rooney not to criticise others until his own form is on the upward curve again. That would certainly be a ‘pot kettle black’ situation but outwardly Rooney doesn’t strike me as a captain who would lambast his players in front of others, although I could of course be wrong given that this is all conjecture.
One thing is for sure – Rooney certainly should be focusing on his own game and nothing else right now. To say the United captain is out of form is a massive understatement; we looked so much better without him against Leicester and I couldn’t warrant him coming straight back into the team for our game with Stoke, he needs to earn that himself.
For so long United having a team without Rooney in was a ridiculous notion but that ship has now sailed. He’s at a different stage of his United career and needs to understand that himself. Unless he can do that, he’s going to cut an unhappy and frustrated figure for the rest of his time at the club when he doesn’t start every match.