Paul Ince: Man United are still so dependent on Wayne Rooney

Paul Ince says Manchester United will win most of their games if Wayne Rooney is playing well

Manchester United are still very dependent on captain Wayne Rooney, according to Paul Ince.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions thanks to victories over Derby County and Stoke City plus a 1-1 draw with defending champions Chelsea.

The 30-year-old has scored seven goals in his last eight games in the Premier League and the FA Cup, taking his tally to 11 for the season.

Speaking on the Fletch and Sav show on Saturday morning ahead of United’s trip to Sunderland in the Premier League, Ince heaped praise on the England skipper for his return to form.

“Any great players have a dip in form,” Ince told BT Sport.

“Because of the way United were playing and the way the fans were, Rooney was made a scapegoat. It wasn’t all about Wayne.

“Great players always come back and he is showing that now. United are so dependent on Rooney playing well. If he plays well, United win nine times out of 10 now.”

Rooney had scored seven times in 21 Premier League games ahead of Saturday’s game against Sam Allardyce’s Black Cats side.

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The England striker is closing in on Sir Bobby Charlton’s United record of 249 goals after Rooney broke the Red Devils legend’s England record last year.

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