Stan Collymore makes bold claim involving Wayne Rooney and Man United

The former Liverpool striker questions why Wayne Rooney is still getting a starting place in the Man United side

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Stan Collymore has admitted that he wouldn’t be surprised if Wayne Rooney has a clause in his contract that forces Manchester United to play their captain when fit.

The 30-year-old has managed to retain his place in Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up despite his ineffectual performances over the past couple of weeks in the United side.

Rooney was heavily criticised for his disappointing contribution in the Manchester derby as Manchester City were 2-1 winners against the Red Devils at Old Trafford.

The United captain did fare any better at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon as Walter Mazzarri’s side eased to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Mourinho’s side.

Former Liverpool striker Collymore expressed his bemusement at Mourinho’s unwavering faith in Rooney, going on to suggest that the United captain’s agent may have inserted a playing clause into his contract.

“Money. That’s the only thing it can be. I don’t believe that players get special contract terms that dictate when fit they must be in the team, it’s mostly an urban myth,” Collymore wrote in his Boylesports column.

“But boy, I am coming close to believing Stretford may well have not only screwed 300k a week out of United but something alluding to what I’ve just suggested, namely if the lad is fit, he plays.”

Rooney scored his only Premier League goal so far in a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth in their season opener.

MORE: The latest Man United news and views

MORE: The latest Man United player tweets

The United skipper teed up teenager Marcus Rashford for an added-time winner in a 1-0 triumph over Hull City last month.

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard: Chelsea FC star was ‘imperious’ against Man United
Sky Sports pundit Patrice Evra
Patrice Evra: Man United star had ‘really solid game’ against Chelsea FC
Mikel Arteta (Photo: Arsenal Media / Screengrab)
William Saliba gives insight into relationship with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
‘We don’t need him’: Patrice Evra hits out at Man United signing
Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard: Chelsea FC star was ‘imperious’ against Man United
Man United striker Edinson Cavani (Photo: Edinson Cavani / Instagram)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to Edinson Cavani’s Man United debut
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Dan Evans
European Open 2020: Rising star Ugo Humbert denies Dan Evans in Antwerp marathon
Alisson Becker (Photo: LFC TV / YouTube)
Jurgen Klopp gives latest Liverpool FC injury update on Alisson Becker
Sky Sports pundit Patrice Evra
Patrice Evra: Man United star had ‘really solid game’ against Chelsea FC