The calls for Wayne Rooney to be dropped are growing louder and van Gaal has gone sick of answe...
The calls for Wayne Rooney to be dropped are growing louder and van Gaal has gone sick of answering the question relating to Rooney. Against Man City on Sunday, Rooney offered nothing going forward.
He gave the ball away 28 times, registered no short on target, had fewer touches than any of United’s outfield players for the second time running with just one touch in City’s box, and in all sincerity, his best work came in his own box late on stopping a Nicolas Otamendi attack.
All are sufficient reasons for him to be dropped. He is the weak link in the Man Utd philosophy and at 30, Rooney seems full of character and short of confidence and magic. The jury is bringing the verdict of he is finished, experience says he is having a bad spell.
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Problem is, this spell is affecting Man Utd so bad and it begs the question why Rooney cannot be dropped.
Of course he could be, but he shouldn’t be dropped by LvG. Dropping Roo does not automatically guarantee Man Utd maximum points; it makes a whole lot of fans happy. His sloppiness is costing points his absence could cost more.
There are little underlying
factors that suggest he remains a viable option. And while my opinion might
seem unpopular, I strongly believe in them.
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First is the reason of lack of alternatives. RvP and Hernandez sales are looking to be disastrous ones at the moment. Some might suggest James Wilson to keep Rooney out for some time, while there is a point in there it does not seem the right one, and on Fellaini the replacement, nothing more than LOL.
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Aside the issue of captaincy, Rooney is full of character. As poor as his form is, it does not stop him from putting the work, placing the interest of club above his, pushing other players, and being the Alex Ferguson to referees and players alike on the pitch.
Cristiano Ronaldo grew to heights at Old Trafford not just on his determination and hardwork but on the selfless nature of Rooney, this cost Roo reaching heights he could have and when he was forced to be selfish we saw what Rooney could have been if he was a little more selfish like every striker should.
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Man Utd still need that, someone who wears his heart on his sleeves, happy to carry the monkey on his back just for the success of the team. Rooney is that scapegoat.
Another argument is that it allows Juan Mata to play at 10. Mata is blessed with vision, good passing abilities but cannot dictate tempo and a liability defensively. He is a pocket players, thrives best in pocket spaces and a choked midfield, give him the whole half area to work with and he does not necessarily excel well there.
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So it could be Herrera? While I’m a fan of Herrera but making him your sole creative channel is not a smart idea. In this quick possession passing system, he thrives in it. He gets the game running at entertaining tempo with quick passes and our best facilitator of the system on the pitch. He passes well, a great tackler, works hard, but lacks sufficient vision. Park the bus and Herrera is busted. He needs Roo.
SO BACK TO 10?
Playing Rooney as 10 limits Man Utd’s flow. His touches have been abysmal and would slow down the tempo with misplaced passes. The 10 position requires instinct, vision, and playmaking abilities. Out of form Rooney, naturally, has lost instinct as teams pressure him on the ball forcing him to give it away.
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Asides from this, he has retained every other thing- vision and playmaking abilities. Rooney and Herrera complement each other.
So what am I proposing?
It might sound ridiculous but shift Wayne Rooney to the Left Wing. It could make him less effective, true, but how ineffective can Rooney get?
Rooney on the left becomes a win-win situation. He offers everything that comes with him- character, threat, dynamism, and could operate like Juan Mata on the wing as an inverted winger difference between two is Rooney has better ability to dictate tempo and hold on to the ball.
The time afforded for him to
think increases, Herrera is still in the no 10 role but only as a facilitator and
holds no complete creative responsibility. Rooney’s desire for ball to be played
to feet is increasing with age. Him on the left affords Martial to play
centrally and drive attack, allows him to drift into space in front of goal,
attempt beating players face up, switch ball to weakside, and join the attack
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Man Utd now have two striking options with no interference in the midfield.
The only con to this is that Juan Mata has to sit out. Playing two inverted wingers is not a bad idea but you need to have defensive wings capable of handling counter attacks and a midfield that can stop it before it starts as the flanks would generally be exposed. Man Utd lacks the former.
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He is out on the flanks in a wrong position.
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