Ryan Giggs explains why he feels sorry for Man United star

Ryan Giggs says he has sympathy for Wayne Rooney and the difficult situation the Manchester United captain is in

Ryan Giggs has admitted that he feels sorry for Wayne Rooney, saying that the Manchester United captain is going through a transitional phase of his career.

The Red Devils skipper has come in for intense criticism in recent months after failing to produce consistent performances for both club and country.

Rooney was dropped to the bench for England’s goalless draw with Slovenia on Tuesday night in World Cup qualifying and only made a brief appearance as a substitute for Dele Alli.

The 30-year-old has also fallen down the pecking order at Manchester United under new manager Jose Mourinho this season.

Giggs himself went through a similar transitional phase during his career at Manchester United.

And the former Wales international says that he has sympathy for Rooney and the difficult situation he now finds himself in.

Speaking on ITV on Tuesday night, Giggs said: “I see a player who’s going through a transitional period, I went through it when I was 29 or 30, where I was a winger and I couldn’t knock it around a defender and get it the other side.

“I feel a little bit sorry for him. Towards the end of last season and for England in the summer he was played in that deeper role, then he was told he’s playing as a number nine or a number 10. He’s probably a bit confused.

“The only way he can get it back is on the training pitch.

“I don’t see him playing in a specific position, he’s got the talent to play so many positions, and the experience.”

MORE: The latest Man United news and views

MORE: The latest Man United player tweets

Rooney will be hoping to be involved for Manchester United when the Red Devils travel to Liverpool on Monday night in the Premier League.

Paul Merson
Paul Merson predicts the scoreline of Man United v Arsenal
Michael Owen
Michael Owen predicts outcome of Everton v Liverpool FC
Paul Merson
Paul Merson predicts the scoreline of Everton v Liverpool FC
Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher, Gary Lineker react to Mo Salah's display in Liverpool FC's 4-1 win over Everton
Paul Merson
Paul Merson states his prediction for Tottenham v Brentford
Paul Merson
Paul Merson predicts the scoreline of Man United v Arsenal
Michael Owen
Michael Owen predicts outcome of Everton v Liverpool FC
Paul Merson
Paul Merson predicts the scoreline of Everton v Liverpool FC
Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher, Gary Lineker react to Mo Salah's display in Liverpool FC's 4-1 win over Everton
Paul Merson
Paul Merson states his prediction for Tottenham v Brentford
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