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Ryan Giggs explains Wayne Rooney’s drop in form at Man United

by Tanveer Arayan

Ryan Giggs believes former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney is confused while transitioning into his new position at the club.

He has come under heavy criticism in recent times and has now lost his starting spot for both Man United and England.

The Englishman has been deployed in a deeper midfield role since last season before Louis van Gaal was fired, but after taking over this campaign, Jose Mourinho stated Rooney would no longer feature as a midfielder.

Speaking about the change, Giggs claims it could have had an impact on Rooney.

“I see a player who’s going through a transitional period,” he said.

“I went through it when I was 29 or 30, where I was a winger and I couldn’t knock it around a defender and get it the other side.

“I feel a little bit sorry for him. Towards the end of last season and for England in the summer he was played in that deeper role, then he was told he’s playing as a No. 9 or a No. 10. He’s probably a bit confused.

“The only way he can get it back is on the training pitch. I don’t see him playing in a specific position, he’s got the talent to play so many positions, and the experience.”

Rooney now finds himself in a difficult time of his career, he’ll only improve in his new role with game time, but after a set of disappointing showings he’s only been awarded with cameo appearances.

To build confidence Rooney would need to cement his place in the starting XI but Mourinho and Gareth Southgate have better options and have proven they won’t be afraid to drop non-performers, even if it is their captain.

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