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