Stan Collymore: Jose Mourinho giving this Man United star special treatment
The former Liverpool striker questions why Jose Mourinho is still playing Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney
Stan Collymore has accused Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho of giving Wayne Rooney special treatment.
The 30-year-old has started all five of United’s Premier League games in the 2016/17 season despite increasing criticism from the club’s supporters surrounding Rooney’s performances.
The England skipper scored in United’s 3-1 victory over Bournemouth in their league opener before he created Marcus Rashford’s winner in a 1-0 victory over Hull City.
However, Rooney has struggled alongside most of his United team-mates in their last two Premier League outings following a 2-1 loss to Manchester City and a 3-1 defeat at Watford.
But former Liverpool and Nottingham Forest striker Collymore questioned why Mourinho is sticking with Rooney in his starting XI despite the striker becoming a major problem for United.
“The problem for Manchester United this season isn’t quality of signings, certainly not Jose who will bludgeon his way as always to winning something,” Collymore wrote in his Boylesports column.
“Let’s tell some truths, real truths, not sugar-coated like some pundits.
“Wayne Rooney is now getting special treatment from every manager who he plays for and virtually every pundit who talks about him.”
The Red Devils have lost their last three games in all competitions following defeats by Manchester City, Eredivisie outfit Feyenoord and Watford.
United will make the trip to League One side Northampton Town in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday night.