Paul Parker believes the England and United captain Wayne Rooney should be axed by Louis van Gaal?

The former Manchester United defender said that the Red Devils and England captain must be dropped since the recent arrivals of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria.

Paul Parker insists since the recent quality signings, this has intensified pressure on Wayne Rooney’s starting berth at Manchester United.

Parker who recently stated in one of his articles for Yahoo Sport that the 3-5-2 system Louis van Gaal is endeavouring to impose upon United is archaic and negative, lacking courage in the formation to attack, being more defensive. The pundit suggesting we used this 3-5-2 when I was Queens Park Rangers, it was self defeating, he implied.

He further shared that United’s No 10 should be dropped by Louis van Gaal after a series of woeful performances this season, “As for Wayne Rooney, he’s been awful. There he was at Burnley this weekend, supposedly captaining the team. “But I saw a player interested only in himself, doing nothing to try and lift his game or inspire his team-mates. “The only thing in any way remarkable about his performance is that he collects £300,000 a week to play that badly. “Once Van Persie is fully fit again, Rooney must be the person to be dropped from United’s new attacking line up: for me it’ll be RVP and Falcao every time. “And though there’s lots of talk about him playing in the hole behind that front two, I think that’d be a huge mistake – why would you have Rooney there when Juan Mata or Angel Di Maria would do the job so much better?

“That’ll leave Van Gaal with a big call to make: dropping Wayne Rooney. “He’s always shown in his career that he is not afraid of the big decisions. “He showed it most recently with his goalkeeper substitution for the shoot-out at the World Cup, and he’ll have to show it once again because the way things are looking there will be no place for Rooney in that starting line-up soon.”

Wayne Rooney currently has scored 217 goals in 244 appearances for Manchester United, he is the clubs third highest goal scorer of all time. Denis Law having 237 goals in 404 appearances, and Sir Bobby Charlton with 249 in 748 appearances. Should Rooney stay at United it’s fair to assume he will surpass both the top two icons in becoming the top goal scorer of all time at Manchester United.

Rooney’s also fairs not to badly in the Champions league goal-scoring stakes with 35 strikes and 2nd place in the top list, 3 behind the leading Champions League goal scorer Ruud van Nistelrooy on 38.However the prolific Dutchman’s consistency records he scored his 38 goals in 47 appearances a strike rate of 80.9%, is Wayne Rooney at this strike rate level?

It’s also appropriate to highlight that Wayne Rooney is 9 goals short of overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s England goal scoring record of 50 goals, including his penalty against Norway on Wednesday evening.

Stan Collymore ex Liverpool player and pundit on British radio station Talk Sport chipped in with his view on Wayne Rooney after his performance for the Three Lions at Wembley against Norway, “I would honestly start Sturridge and Welbeck versus Switzerland” Collymore shared. Rooney was no doubt the worst England player on the field looking tired, lacking vim and the talent you would expect of a world class player. As the media storm increases for Roy Hodgson to axe United’s and his England captain.

As Rooney is the captain of both sides, it also should carry greater responsibility to lead by example and deliver high level performances week in – week out.
However any piece about Wayne Rooney cannot ignore the previous occasions he has held Manchester United to ransom and coerced the club into increasing his wages to a World class player level, and providing him with extensions and additional benefits to his contract.

Will Wayne Rooney ever be held with the same regard and admiration as Denis Law, Sir Bobby Charlton as examples?
Is Paul Parker correct, should Wayne Rooney be dropped for the forthcoming Queens Park Rangers match on the 14th of September?

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  1. Man. United should sell Wayne Roney.This guy no longer have passion and enthusiasm to be a a United player

  2. Man. United should sell Wayne Roney.This guy no longer have passion and enthusiasm to be a a United player.Without sounding immodest, he is far below an average player and can’t improve than this.Stop wasting our fund on this guy and sell him off ,Louis van gaal!

  3. Paul Parker is right in his analytical criticism of Wayne Roney’s recent on field performances for United.Recall that it was due to his lackadaical and unconvincing performance and his inability to carry the burden of United as C.R 7 and other previous United greats that push Sir Alex Ferguson to bring in RVP from Arsenal,the positive results that followed was instantaneous.Roney’s current take home pay orchestrated by Moyes to amend their broken relationship when they were at Everton is one of the factors United is struggling. Players are not happy that some one collecting so much is contributing almost nothing to United as a top player he is assume to be.This is English politics and a modern play out of superior race.Louis Van Gaal should show us his gut and wield the big stick on this player that has outleaved his usefulness in United colour.

  4. Don’t agree with Paul Parker but he is entitled to that opinion. However, this writer goofed by claiming that Charlton scored 50 England goals. He scored 49 GOALS for ENGLAND PLEASE.

  5. This man is a fool, why would he always criticize rooney and try to protect their national team striker. We all knw that RVP is nt reliable prayer, he doesn’t suit in surporting & his work rate is very low compare to rooney. Though hes sensitive in scoring but he struggle for goal. So I parker is trying protect their striker thats all

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