Stan Collymore: Manchester United star man doesn't make the cut
By Amir Mir
Stan Collymore believes Wayne Rooney is not suited to the number 10 role for Manchester United after his performance against Bournemouth on Saturday.
England international Rooney opened his account for the Premier League season with a headed goal at Dean Court as Jose Mourinho won his opening game as United boss 3-1.
Rooney started the game in the No10 second striker role behind spearhead Zlatan Ibrahimovic but drifted deep at various times and Collymore is convinced that teammate Juan Mata was more effective than the 30-year-old club captain.
“So what about the creative side of United’s play? For me Rooney just doesn’t make the cut,” Collymore wrote in his column for Boyle Sports.
“He took his goal well but did you notice that Juan Mata, so often played out of position for United, looked way more comfy and threatening against Bournemouth when drifting into the 10 position than Rooney did.”
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Rooney scored nine goals in all competitions last season, as then manager Louis Van Gaal utilised the England captain in a series of different roles, including as a midfield player in the final months of the campaign.
His best Premier League campaign was in 2011-12, when the former Everton man notched up 27 goals in another Premier League title wining season for Sir Alex Ferguson.
Whereas, Rooney is chasing all-time Premier League goalscorer Alan Shearer for the number one crown in the competition. The former Premier League winner has 260 goals to his name, while Rooney has 193.
Former Liverpool striker Collymore notched up 62 Premier League goals in 163 appearances, including 27 for the Reds.
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