Matt Le Tissier: This is why Wayne Rooney is struggling for Man United

Matt Le Tissier says Wayne Rooney has been struggling this season because of Manchester United's tactics

Matt Le Tissier believes that Wayne Rooney has been struggling for form this season because of Manchester United’s change in philosophy.

The England captain has come in for plenty of criticism this term following a slow start to the season for the striker.

Rooney has only managed to score two goals for the Red Devils in the Premier League this season and has not notched up any assists for his team-mates. The 30-year-old has scored once in the Champions League for Louis van Gaal’s men.

However, former Southampton star Le Tissier believes that Rooney’s dip in form is more down to the team’s overall approach rather than the player on an individual level.

Le Tissier told Sky Sports News HQ: “Rooney is probably suffering a bit from United having changed their emphasis from ‘we will win every game because we’ve got the best players’ to one that says ‘we’re not going to lose first and foremost’.

“He suffers because they don’t attack in the same numbers as when they believed they could out-score whoever they came up against.

“This is probably the longest slump we’ve seen. He has had dips in form before but I don’t remember him having ever struggled for this long.”

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Rooney will be expecting to feature when United return to Premier League action with a home clash against West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils are currently third in the table and one point behind leaders Manchester City.

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