Wayne Rooney has asked Manchester United manager Eric Ten Hag to focus on injecting energy into the players on the pitch against arch-rival Liverpool, even if it comes at the expense of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The DC United boss feels his former team-mate looked out of place during the Reds’ shock 4-0 defeat to Brentford last time out, which sent them to the bottom of the table for the first time in 30 years.
Rooney also doesn’t think Marcus Rashford should start against Liverpool and the former United star sees Rashford’s recent form should be a real concern for Tin Hag going forward.
What did Rooney say about Ronaldo?
The United legend, who became the club’s all-time top scorer between 2004 and 2017, told The Times: “If I were the coach, I wouldn’t involve Cristiano Ronaldo or Marcus Rashford.”
He added: “If I were in the position of Ten Hag, my main concern would be to get energy on the field, and United’s failure to include an attacking player which is the reason for relying on Ronaldo against Brentford, although he did not train much with the team.”
He continued, “It looked like he needed time to keep fit, Tin Hag needs energy on his part and that could mean putting Ronaldo on the bench.”
Rooney added of Rashford: “For Marcus I think he needs to do a lot of soul-searching and finding out what he wants, for his own good before anything else.”
He continued: “Watching him is a real concern, it seems that he wants to be anywhere but on a football field.”
What are Rooney’s concerns about Casemiro?
United fans received a timely boost ahead of their clash with Liverpool, with the club confirming an agreement to sign Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro for a 60 million pound ($71 million) move to Old Trafford.
Rooney described the move as a “reactive signature” and feels that long-term goal Frenkie de Jong could have been more appropriate.
He said: “It comes down to the need to look to the future, ideally they should sign players in their early twenties, and Casemiro is like Christian Eriksen – someone who was a good player, but will they help the club move forward? Frenkie de Jong, he would be a good fit. better”.
“It looks like Casemiro’s deal also came out of nowhere, and it looks like a reactive signing – I’d be surprised if he was a player identified as a priority when Tin Hag arrives.”
And he concluded: “It seems that after the failure to sign with De Jong, United just went to Casemiro.”