Johnny Giles: Man United’s Wayne Rooney is complacent and in comfort zone
Former Man United midfielder Johnny Giles says Wayne Rooney's problems are mental, not physical
Wayne Rooney has become complacent and too comfortable at Manchester United, according to Johnny Giles.
The Red Devils skipper was unable to inspire Louis van Gaal’s side to League Cup victory on Wednesday night after a 3-1 penalty shootout defeat.
Rooney isn’t the player he was a few years ago. I don’t think it is the physical side of it. It is his attitude
England’s all-time record goal-scorer missed the hosts’s first penalty before Michael Carrick and Ashley Young missed their subsequent efforts at Old Trafford.
Rooney has scored three goals in 13 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils this season, whilst the United skipper has failed to create any goals for his team-mates.
Former Republic of Ireland and United midfielder Giles accused the 30-year-old of lacking desire after his disappointing start to the season.
“You can be fiery and still be controlled at the same time. He looks complacent at the moment,” Giles told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.
“He has got too comfortable. He is very, very wealthy lad now. He has to be genuinely hungry to do it.
“Messi and Ronaldo are about the same age and it hasn’t stopped them doing it.
“Rooney isn’t the player he was a few years ago. I don’t think it is the physical side of it. It is his attitude.
“He is in his comfort zone.”
Rooney is expected to be named in Van Gaal’s starting line-up for United’s clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils are in fourth place in the Premier League table and two points behind leaders Manchester City.