Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has come under intense criticism from pundits and fans alike, following his poor display against Tottenham on Sunday.
The Red Devils visited the White Hart Lane to play the final game at the historic stadium, which ended in the home side’s favour, as Spurs managed to beat Jose Mourinho’s men 2-1 to not only bid their ground the perfect farewell, but also seal their 2nd-place finish in the Premier League table.
However, one man that stood out from Manchester United’s point of view due to all the wrong reasons, was their captain Wayne Rooney, who despite scoring a goal, performed poorly on the day.
The Englishman managed to complete just 2 key passes, had 3 shots, made 2 interceptions, and failed to win any of his 7 attempted tackles against the high-flying Tottenham side.
Moreover, the 31-year-old was also the culprit while conceding the first goal of the game, as his failure to mark Victor Wanyama led to the Kenyan finding the back of the net via a headed goal from the corner kick.
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness was quick to criticise Rooney for his defending, by stating (via Express): “When we see it here, Wayne Rooney’s got Wanyama. It’s a great cross, it’s flat, it’s whipped in. Look at Wayne Rooney, he’s got him, he’s touch tight.
“He’s aware all the time, he’s aware all the time and he just gets away at the vital moment and Wayne gets under the ball. Sometimes you have to say because of the quality of the cross, it doesn’t matter what you do defending-wise. Wayne is certainly at fault for me. But give some credit to the cross. It’s a wicked cross.”
Rooney also received harsh treatment from the Manchester United faithful, who took to Twitter to vent their frustration regarding their skipper.
It is sad. Saying goodbye to an old relic, with so much history.
But enough about Rooney, it's the last game at White Hart Lane today too
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 14, 2017
Rooney getting out of breath just looking at the speed of the Spurs players.
— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) May 14, 2017
— kingisgod (@biggersi) May 14, 2017
@LiamPaulCanning Rooney is such a liability
— 6th (@THlAGOALCANTARA) May 14, 2017
The last thing any of us wanted was to throw hate at Wayne Rooney, but watching him play football these days is as painful as it gets.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) May 14, 2017
Rooney playing like the fat lad at 5-a-side who thinks his football brain lets him boss it.
— Daniel Harris (@DanielHarris) May 14, 2017
TL over the last 3/4 yrs has gone from loving Rooney to appreciating his work rate & influence to slating him & now pitying him. Sad times.
— Doc MUFC (@Doc_Joshi) May 14, 2017
Rooney needs to be arrested and charged for fraud. You can't be the highest paid player in a club where you drop 2/10 every match.
— Reggie. (@MatasLeftFoot8) May 14, 2017
It's not even funny. At this rate, Rooney will be made to look beyond awful even in the Carrick testimonial match…
— S'c'hailes'c'h (@shailesh_gs) May 14, 2017
— Joe Sillett (@JoeSillett) May 14, 2017
Rooney making that dart into the box pic.twitter.com/XTgou6flcu
— Coral (@Coral) May 14, 2017
i could literally jump higher than rooney
— SUMMER•OF•SHON (@ZigOnTheRocks) May 14, 2017
Surely that is Rooney done now?
— Phil Taylor (BP) (@TheSeagullPhil) May 14, 2017
Why do commentators always say "Uncharacteristic giveaway from Rooney". Have you been watching Football for the last 7 years?
— Pilib de Brún (@Malachians) May 14, 2017
Never see Rooney or Carrick's bum pals criticising them after a shocker. Neville, Scholes and Giggs all guilty of that.
— like an Alabama tick (@TheRealJayC) May 14, 2017
Rooney in his last two Premier League games:
0/6 tackles won vs. Arsenal
0/7 tackles won vs. Spurs
Off the pace. pic.twitter.com/nMjUwW0psm
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) May 14, 2017
Fellaini offers so much more to our team than Rooney. I know he's suspended but just making a point
— ASHLEY YOUNG MUFC (@DillanMUFC) May 14, 2017
Rooney could've had 2 assists in this game. Martial bottled, Bailly bottled. Rooney gets criticised.
— ㅤ (@IconicNo10) May 14, 2017
Written by Kunal Kambli