Wayne Rooney Is The Solution To Manchester United’s Toothless Attack, Claims Ray Wilkins

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.

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Former Manchester United midfielder and current football pundit Ryan Wilkins has claimed that Wayne Rooney is the solution to the Red Devils’ poor goalscoring form.

Jose Mourinho’s men haven’t been scoring as many goals as the Portuguese tactician would have preferred, and the team’s toothless frontline has led to the Reds dropping numerous valuable points due to their failure to score more goals than the opposition.

Mourinho, who has previously criticised the United forwards for not scoring enough goals, did so again last night, following his team’s 1-1 draw with Anderlecht in the Europa League quarterfinal tie.

The Special One stated in his post-match interview: “If I was a Manchester United defender, I would be very upset with the attacking players. They did the serious work. The people who had to kill the game didn’t.”

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Manchester United’s misfiring attack has raised a serious question as to whether the club needs to bring in new attacking reinforcements to get the goals freely flowing yet again.

However, as per football pundit Ray Wilkins, the Old Trafford outfit already has the solution to this problem, in the form of club captain and record goalscorer, Wayne Rooney.

Wilkins told Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Rooney in that side would be scoring goals. With the chances they are missing, when you think Rashford has scored something like eight in 47 appearances, that’s not enough from a forward player.

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“People will say he’s only a young man but I’m not concerned about that. If you’re playing for Manchester United you’ve got to be putting them away and I think Rooney would score.

“They need someone to run in behind teams. You’ve got people like Lingard, Rashford and Martial who will do that, but they are coming from wide areas. When you threaten over the shoulder of people they’re petrified. Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn’t do that, Rooney does do that.

“He probably doesn’t have the pace [any longer] to do it too often, but every now and then with his craft and ability, he could do it. But they seem loathe to involve him at the moment.”


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