I have never really been a Rooney basher; however there have been situation on and off the pitch where I have questioned why he was still a United player. Over the last 5-6 year his skills have deteriorated to the point the instead of having a bad game now and again,he has a good game now and again. Many have wanted him move into midfield and for him to become the next Scholes, that is not going to happen; he just doesn't have the abilities to perform against top opposition on anything close to a regular basis. What success he had playing in the number 10 role toward the end of last season was due more to the level of opposition rather than his skills at that position.
When asked about Rooney during his press conference Mourinho said he can make good pass when there is no pressure on him, that he is not a 6 or an 8, that in effect Rooney would play a 9 or a 9 1/2. By my reckoning that put Rooney as 3rd or 4th in line for that job and I have a had time seeing him sitting on the bench waiting for his change in the early rounds of cup competitions.
I can't believe it. I can't believe it. Football. Bloody hell.