Rooney’s form has drastically spiralled down over the last couple of seasons forcing manager Jose Mourinho to resign the striker to the bench.
However, after an impressive performance against Fenerbahce, Rooney has shown he’ll be looking to fight for his place in the side.
Speaking about his showings, Neville claims Rooney has to play himself back into the team.
“He has to play himself back into the team. It’s as simple as that.”
Rooney had a good showing against Fenerbahce, but the problem is whether he’ll be able to replicate his form in the Premier League against the likes of Chelsea.
His pace and power were his key attributes whilst growing up at Old Trafford, but the Englishman’s current difficult patch is a result of his body not allowing him to perform as he used to.
He’s an intelligent player and he of all people will know football today is demanding as well as unforgiving. The only way Rooney can reclaim his spot in the starting XI is by playing his best football when given the chance. The Fenerbahce game was a start but with rotation ahead, he’ll have to make the most of his opportunities when Mourinho places his faith in his captain.