Phil Jones names Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney as the best set-piece taker he’s played with

by Sam Koster

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has named Wayne Rooney as the best set-piece taker he has ever played with.

As well as scoring a free-kick on his Manchester United debut against Fenerbahce in 2004, Rooney has scored a huge variety of set-pieces throughout his career, including a penalty against Switzerland last month which took him above Sir Bobby Charlton as England’s leading goalscorer.

However, the 29-year-old has struggled for goals so far this season, and has found the net just once in seven Premier League appearances, leading to some Man United fans questioning his contribution to the team.

While it is pleasing to see Rooney being lauded for his set-piece taking abilities by his teammates, the same cannot be said for other facets of his game this season, which have been disappointing.

There is no denying that the Croxteth-born forward has been below-par in the majority of games this campaign, and if United are serious about challenging on all fronts, the striker must rediscover his best form sooner rather than later.

Hopefully Rooney’s professional attitude should see him pull through this barren spell and come out the other end a better player for it. However, at nearly 30 years old, time is not on his side, and if performances do not pick up sooner rather than later, Louis van Gaal may have some tricky decisions to make regarding his captain’s place in the starting XI.

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