The 31-year-old, in reaction to a Ben Davies cross, completely failed to track the movement of Wanyama, who duly headed home Spurs’ opener after just six minutes.
He did manage to hand his side a lifeline with a tap-in after 70 minutes, but this was a truly abject display from the captain from start to finish.
And Neville, reflecting on Rooney’s involvement – or perhaps lack of involvement – in the build-up to Spurs’ goal, was critical of the Englishman.
“It’s a great start for Spurs. Ben Davies puts a wonderful ball into the area. Rooney gets underneath it and loses Wanyama,” he said.
“It’s poor defending by the captain. It was question of whether Victor could get the accuracy and contact. David De Gea had no chance.”
By half-time I’d actually forgotten about that Rooney blunder. So many mis-controlled touches, stray passes and general moments of embarrassment had occurred since then that such a mistake felt less like a game-defining moment and more like a distant memory – an early catalyst, perhaps, for a subsequent catalogue of errors.
Much has been said of Rooney’s inadequacies this season. People have pointed towards a number of factors behind his accelerated demise this season, but central thing underlining his malaise is the fact that his legs have called time on life at the top, and never has that been more apparent than against Mauricio Pochettino’s aggressive, Premier League savvy warriors.