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Mark Hughes: Wayne Rooney should learn from Ryan Giggs to save his career

by Abhishek Chaudhuri

Manchester United legend Mark Hughes feels Wayne Rooney still has a lot to offer despite his lack of goals.

Rooney, who was not a part of the starting XI that beat Leicester City 4-1 last week, has had to settle with a place on the bench following his poor run of form.

While many fans believe Man United have little need for the 30-year old, Hughes thinks Rooney can learn a lot from the likes of Ryan Giggs.

Speaking before the game, he claims Rooney can still be an effective player for Man United.

“Look at Ryan Giggs, who burst on the scene as a flying winger with unbelievable pace,” he said.

“As he got older his role changed and the way he played changed. The key is that good players can do that and clearly Wayne’s an outstanding player and he’ll have the ability to change and still be an effective player for them.

“There always seems to be a debate about Wayne and where he’s playing and his value to the team. Clearly he’s a senior player, he’s the captain, and his influence on the group is huge I would imagine.”

Rooney’s versatility has been a double edged sword, though┬áit has helped the team in the past, it has resulted in him struggling to adapt between roles continuously.

At this level it is never easy to play 2-3 different roles on the pitch with equal efficiency, something the striker has come to realise the hard way.

However, this slump in form is by no means an indication that Rooney is washed up, like United legends in the past, the 30-year-old can save his career at the club if he looks into changing his approach on the pitch like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have done.

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