Wayne Rooney put in another turgid display as Manchester United were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Middlesbrough on Wednesday evening.
Rooney replaced James Wilson at half time but struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford.
The 30-year-old rarely fashioned chances for himself and was shackled with relative ease by the visitors. His penalty was eventually saved in the shootout to cap off an awful night.
United supporters seem to be in agreement that enough is enough when it comes to Rooney’s continued inclusion in the team:
Rooney struggling against Championship defenders
— No Question About That (@nqatpod) October 28, 2015
In a surprising turn of events Rooney has gone 15 minutes without giving the ball away.. Think he's found his best position.. On the bench.
— Jack (@UnitedHeaven_) October 28, 2015
Now you can see why Rooney has struggled so much this season… Our strikers get no service playing in this system. LvG needs to change it.
— HannahCarrollDesign (@HannahCDesigns) October 28, 2015
Rooney now kicking out in frustration at Championship defenders.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) October 28, 2015
Rooney had so many chances and wasted all of them. His time has passed along time ago!! Retirement knocking on his door
— NüPalate (@_Malenda) October 28, 2015
Rooney so awful now.. I miss the real Wayne Rooney 😔..
— 𝙀𝙭𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙊𝙭 🥇. (@oxmontana) October 28, 2015
Rooney’s displays have been detrimental to the team but Louis van Gaal has so far resisted calls to drop his captain.
It would be no surprise to see Rooney play against Crystal Palace this weekend and it would be no surprise to see him put in another awful shift. If United are to be successful this term, van Gaal needs to change his mind over the striker.