Andy Cole runs rule over Man Utd captain Wayne Rooney’s poor form

Manchester United legend Andy Cole runs the rule over Wayne Rooney's poor form

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Andrew Cole has explained why Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has made a lacklustre start to the Premier League season.

The Red Devils striker has failed to score in their opening three games of the season which has prompted criticism from media and supporters.

They’re hard to beat, hard to score against, but they create fewer chances

Andy Cole

Rooney is being played in his favoured centre-forward role this season after United manager Louis van Gaal resorted to using his captain in a midfield role last season.

And former Red Devils striker Cole reckons Rooney isn’t getting the speed of service that the 29-year-old would have become accustomed to under Sir Alex Ferguson.

“When I played and when Wayne joined the club, players were told to get the ball quickly to the forwards,” Cole told Yahoo Sport.

“Then let them do what they need to do,” Sir Alex Ferguson would say. If the ball wasn’t put forward quickly, the gaffer would be on the backs of the full-backs, the flying wingers or the midfielders supplying the balls. The intent was always to attack.

The retired United striker spoke about his own experiences playing alongside Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under Ferguson.

Cole added: “We’d see a lot of the ball and had chances to convert. I’d play alongside another striker too, two of us helping each other and working for each other. This usually led to goals. It would have been much harder by myself and I’m sure Teddy Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Dwight Yorke would agree.

“The current United team plays differently. They’re hard to beat, hard to score against, but they create fewer chances. Three shots on target in the opening two league games shows that. We’d regularly have 6-10 chances and, even if we went a goal down, we’d be confident of roaring back and scoring.

“The likelihood of the current United team conceding is lessened, but so are goals from the players in red. Wayne plays alone by himself and you can see his frustration. Against Club Brugge, he wanted to be in positions he couldn’t be in. He wants to get in positions where he can do damage, but he can’t because he’s isolated.”

Rooney failed to find the net against Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Club Brugge in the opening three games of the season.

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The England striker has the chance to open his account for the season against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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