Paul Scholes defends Wayne Rooney amid fierce criticism

by Sid Choudhary

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has defended his old teammate and club captain Wayne Rooney.

The striker has been underwhelming for Man United this season with just two goals to his name in the Premier League. Rooney’s all-round performances have been disappointing and many fans are calling for him to finally be dropped to the bench by Louis van Gaal.

However, Scholes does not share the same view. The 40-year-old feels the players around Rooney must be doing more to help their striker out.

There has been a lack of creativity and forward drive from United this season and the midfield maestro thinks that is what is hampering Rooney.

“I was at the Manchester derby and I watched him (Rooney) for the first 20 minutes,” Scholes said.

“His movement was brilliant but when he’s playing in that team there’s nobody prepared to pass to him. You’d be tearing your hair out. Ruud van Nistelrooy, Teddy Sheringham, Andy Cole couldn’t play in this team. You don’t get crosses in the box, midfielders looking for runs. I think its a very difficult team to be a centre forward in.”

While United have looked uninspired in recent games and have found it difficult to break down opposition, Rooney has done himself no favours. When the chances come he is unable to take them, his touch lets him down on numerous occasions and he struggles to pick the right pass on a regular basis.

There is no doubt that the striker is giving his all for the cause but the notion that the rest of the team holding Rooney back is one that is hard to follow. It seems as if the skipper is the one who is detrimental to the team and not vice versa. If van Gaal does decide to drop Rooney in the near future, it will give fans an indication of what it is really keeping the team from playing more attractive and exciting football.

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