Former Manchester United defender Danny Higginbotham believes Wayne Rooney still has a lot to offer at Old Trafford.
The Man United captain has been struggling for form this season with just one goal in the Premier League.
Rooney scored a hat-trick in United’s Champions League qualifier against Club Brugge but has been unable to replicate that form on the domestic scene.
England’s leading all-time goalscorer has been underwhelming this season and Higginbotham feels Rooney’s past achievements could be adding to the pressure on the striker.
“Obviously he’s not playing well at the moment, but to say that he’s finished, far from it. What have you to do, and it’s the same for all players, you have to adjust your game as you get older,” Higginbotham said.
“With Rooney, because his levels have been so high in the past, when he does have an off-time like he is having at the moment it’s more in the spotlight. When players have done well in this country, a lot of the time we can’t wait to dig them out.”
Rooney has been coming under huge amounts of criticism from both the media and his own fans, many of whom feel it is time the 29-year-old is dropped from United’s starting lineup. Higginbotham admitted that it is tough to see where it is all going wrong for the skipper.
He added: “It’s a difficult one because he’s playing in a different position now. A lot of the time you can say that a player is having a bad time because of X, Y and Z. But, with Rooney, it’s difficult to see why he is struggling so much.”
Rooney is the type of striker who tends to go on scoring streaks. Despite scoring against Sunderland, the player was unable to capitalise against Arsenal when he put on another poor showing as United were beaten 3-0. The former Everton man will want to impress on his return to his old club and will hope a goal at Goodison Park can spark a return to form.