Paul Scholes: Why Man Utd captain Wayne Rooney is under pressure

Former Man Utd midfielder Paul Scholes says the Red Devils are over reliant on Wayne Rooney for goals

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Paul Scholes says Manchester United are putting a lot of pressure on captain Wayne Rooney.

The England international missed a second-half chance before 19-year-old Anthony Martial scored a 65th-minute equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

When we [United] were at our best we had four strikers who could come in and score 25-30 goals. This team now doesn’t have that

Paul Scholes

Rooney has scored two goals in his last six appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions, continuing his muted start to the season.

The United captain’s former team-mates Scholes believes the Red Devils are still too reliant on the 29-year-old striker for goals despite Martial’s recent flurry.

“Martial is still a young player, he’s 19 years old, he didn’t come with the biggest reputation for being a really big goal scorer. I think the pressure is still on Wayne,” Scholes told BT Sport.

“When we [United] were at our best we had four strikers who could come in and score 25-30 goals. This team now doesn’t have that. There is a lot of pressure on him [Rooney].”

Rooney has scored six times in 13 games in all competitions for the 20-time English champions this term.

The United skipper has scored just two of the Red Devils’s 15 goals in the Premier League this term.

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