Roy Keane: My message for Man United captain Wayne Rooney

Roy Keane urges Wayne Rooney to forget about the wrestling and focus on Manchester United

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Roy Keane says Wayne Rooney needs to forget about wrestling and focus on Manchester United.

The Red Devils played out a disappointing goalless draw with PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford on Wednesday night as Louis van Gaal’s side wasted the chance to book their place in the Champions League knockout stage.

I saw him slapping a wrestler last week. Why is he getting involved in all that nonsense? There is no benefit to him. It certainly doesn’t help

Roy Keane

Rooney played in a deeper role for the visit of the Dutch champions but the England international struggled to create any clear-cut chances for his team-mates.

Speaking to ITV, Keane explained why he wasn’t impressed with the 30-year-old’s performance against PSV.

“Wayne Rooney was talking about a lack of composure and quality, but he was as guilty as anybody,” Keane said.

“He needs to step up to the plate.”

Rooney was photographed slapping WWE wrestler Wade Barrett during an event at the Manchester Arena on 10 November just days after a 2-0 win against West Brom in the Premier League.

Thanks to everyone at @wwe for a great night!

A photo posted by Wayne Rooney (@waynerooney) on

Keane, who had a reputation for getting involved in confrontations on the pitch during his playing career, added that such distractions weren’t helping Rooney to perform.

Keane added: “I always look at Wayne’s legacy at United – it is fantastic.

“Now he is captain, he has more responsibility and he has to do a bit more.

“I question players doing stuff off the field. I saw him slapping a wrestler last week. Why is he getting involved in all that nonsense? There is no benefit to him. It certainly doesn’t help.

“He doesn’t look sharp mentally and he doesn’t look in great shape physically.”

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