Rio Ferdinand urges Jose Mourinho to play Wayne Rooney at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer


Rio Ferdinand has encouraged Jose Mourinho to use Wayne Rooney following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton on Tuesday night.

The Portuguese’s side slumped to yet another draw at home – their ninth in 12 games – against Everton, striking the woodwork twice and seeing a goal wrongly disallowed for offside.

Rooney was not even included in the match-day squad and has only managed 90 minutes under Mourinho on three occasions since the turn of the year.

And Ferdinand, speaking on BT Sport after the game, called on Mourinho to use his captain on a more frequent basis as Man United approach the latter stages of the season.

“You look at Wayne Rooney. You’re looking for goals. Wayne Rooney is somebody who’s done that all his life… all his career,” he said.

“These are big games coming up. Wayne Rooney plays and scores in big games throughout his career. I think he played two games in December!

“I think someone like Wayne Rooney has got the ability, the nous, the know-how how to get goals. He knows how to do it, he’s experienced.”

Ferdinand is right about one thing: United need goals. The 1-1 draw with Everton was a carbon copy of the stalemate with West Bromwich Albion over the weekend, with both games seeing the home side record 18 shots on goal and only place three on target.

But calling on somebody with just two Premier League goals this season, and only ten since 2015, is far more questionable. Rooney’s presence in the dressing room and calming, dictatorial influence on the pitch could be crucial as United enter the climax of the season, but Mourinho will have to look elsewhere when it comes to goals.

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