Ray Wilkins: This is my only Man United complaint about Wayne Rooney
The former Manchester United midfielder discusses Wayne Rooney's performances under Jose Mourinho
Ray Wilkins has criticised Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney for being too generous.
The England international equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 goals in a Manchester United shirt on Saturday afternoon as the Red Devils were 4-0 winners against Reading in the FA Cup third round at Old Trafford.
Rooney’s first-half strike was just his fourth goal of the 2016-17 season in all competitions after struggling to secure a regular starting spot under new manager Jose Mourinho in the current campaign.
Summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic has impressed since his move to the Red Devils from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain after a return of 13 goals in 19 games in the Premier League.
Former Manchester United midfielder Wilkins felt that Rooney does too much work for the Red Devils side and often at the sacrifice of his own attacking game.
“The only thing I’d ever have a pop at Wayne Rooney for is that he is far too generous as a footballer,” Wilkins told Sky Sports News HQ.
“He chases back to left-back and right-back. Ibrahimovic is a wonderful footballer but he plays when the balls is in his area. Rooney is generous. He runs and he runs and he runs. Throughout the whole season the media has been writing him off. I think it’s a disgrace.”
Manchester United are in fifth place in the Premier League table and three points adrift of the top four ahead of the visit of Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.