Quinton Fortune: Why Man United captain Wayne Rooney sacrifices his game
Quinton Fortune believes Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney isn't concerned with goals
Quinton Fortune says Wayne Rooney is more concerned with his Manchester United team-mates performing than scoring goals.
The Red Devils skipper has struggled in Louis van Gaal’s side this season after a disappointing return of two goals in 12 Premier League games.
It’s not about him scoring anymore. He’s at a different time in his career
Rooney was surprisingly taken off in the second half of United’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City at King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
However, Fortune reckons Rooney’s lack of goals is a result of the 30-year-old captain sacrificing his own games to ensure United are winning.
“Now that he is the captain, the leader, I think Wayne is probably more concerned with making sure everyone else is doing their job. It’s almost like sacrificing his own game to make sure the team wins,” Fortune told Sky Sports.
“It’s not about him scoring anymore. He’s at a different time in his career where he’s got a few years behind him now. He’s got more of a sensible role now whereas before he used to do everything: tackle, defend, attack, score goals.
“He’s more experienced and more sensible about his game now. He’s still very clever in terms of his movement, but he’s playing a new role where he is probably not getting as many chances as he wants or scoring as many goals as he wants.
“But I played under Roy Keane and captains always sacrifice themselves and their own game to make sure the team wins. It’s best to judge him at the end of season by what we win and where we end up in the league. The responsibility of the captain is to make sure he leads the team. Of course we all want to see him score more goals but for me it looks like he’s sacrificing that for the team.”
Rooney has scored once in his last eight games in all competitions for Van Gaal’s side.
The 30-year-old hasn’t netted in the Premier League since a 3-0 win against the United captain’s former club Everton at Goodison Park on 17 October.
Van Gaal’s side are in third place and a point behind joint Premier League leaders Manchester City and Leicester City.