Rooney Under Fire From English Press

Wayne Rooney is being hammered in the English media by some of the pundits of the game for his two outings in the FIFA World Cup 2014, but, there are some people who are supporting him as well.

The Holland skipper Robin Van Persie defended his Manchester United teammate in an interview given to a TV Channel last night.

According to Van Persie whose own team is in a very good position in the World Cup, it’s unfair to call for Rooney’s head because his performances didn’t lack effort. He tried as hard as he could. Unfortunately, he couldn’t guide his team to victories, but, there was no lack of commitment there.

When asked about Rooney being criticized heavily in England, Van Persie said, “It’s sad really. Wayne did whatever he could, scored on one occasion and assisted once too. He was putting in 100% effort there and when a player does that, he shouldn’t be blamed.”

Rooney Announced For England

Wayne Rooney was not surprisingly included in Roy Hodgson’s list of players that he will be taking with him to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. The Manchester United player missed out from the last 3 matches of the Premier League as he picked up a groin injury and had to rest during the last phases of the season.

The former Everton performer has struggled trying to make good performances for England. Rooney sustained a metatarsal injury for the 2006 World Cup and he was rushed to recover and get fit which ultimately caused him to get injured once more for the 2010 World Cup as the Englishman was not even close on producing any kind of memorable performance for his nation.

This time around Rooney has revealed that he will not be rushed to get back in fitness.

"Previously I have always been going into the first game looking for fitness and it's difficult to get your breathing right and the rest of it," he told the Daily Mail.

ROONEY BACKS GIGGS

Wayne Rooney reckons that Ryan Giggs is a suitable man to be appointed as the next Red Devils manager.

Giggs is currently in charge at Old Trafford, but, only temporarily as the Manchester United board is believed to be looking for an experienced man for the job.

However, United’s start under Giggs was brilliant yesterday as they thrashed Norwich City by 4-0 with Rooney and Mata scoring a couple of goals each.

If Giggs guides United to similar sort of victories in the remaining three games as well, he would surely force the board to give a thought about him too as far as the appointment of the full time manager is concerned.

Apart from Rooney, several other players from the Red Devils camp are also quite impressed with Giggs and are in favour of him being given the full time job.

6TH HOME DEFEAT

Manchester United suffered their 6th home defeat when playing against Manchester City and when the match concluded, Wayne Rooney went on saying that one of the reasons on why things have taken such a turn in this season is because the opposition they face in Old Trafford are simply not scared of playing anymore.

"I don't know but it's not good enough. We can't lose six homes games in a season and we have to put that right, and make this a place which teams fear again. It's probably been the story of our season so far that we've got a couple of good results and then one which sets us back a bit. We know we have to respond. It's a bad night for us all but we have to move on." Rooney said.

According to the English forward of Manchester United, the ‘fear factor’ of playing in the home turf of the club is gone which was something that gave them a big advantage the previous seasons.

MATA BRINGS HOPE

Juan Mata’s arrival to Manchester United has not only given the fans of the club a glimpse of hope that Moyes might just be able to finish this Premier League campaign in the top 5 spots and hopefully secure a spot in the Champions League of the next season.

Unfortunately for Manchester United, Juan Mata’s introduction at the club has not made the initial spark that everyone was wishing for. During the 1st match that Van Persie, Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney played together in the same starting lineup for David Moyes, they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Stoke City.

Even though the Spanish midfielder has not made the same splash that Van Persie did during his debut season with Manchester United, Rooney remains optimistic that all 3 attacking powerhouses can form a successful trio that can push Manchester United into the higher spots of the Premier League.

ROONEY OUT

A recurrent groin strain forced Wayne Rooney on sitting out during Manchester United’s match against Norwich City and despite having neither Wayne Rooney nor Robin van Persie available for David Moyes, they still managed to claim a triumph over Norwich without having their star forwards.

It is believed that Moyes also asked the medical staff of the team to speed up the recovery with the Dutchman van Persie and while the injury of Rooney would be better off with the English forward resting for a few weeks, Moyes wants him to be back against Tottenham on the 1st of January of 2014.

Moyes said: "Rooney was missing as he has a bit of an adductor injury in his groin. He missed the Stoke game because of the same injury. He has got the same injury that kept him out at Stoke. It is not serious but ideally we could have given him two or three weeks to recover completely. But he has been so influential for the team and we want to get him back playing."

MOYES BACKS ROO

The manager of Manchester United, David Moyes, has said that Wayne Rooney will eventually be able to become the all time leading goal scorer for Manchester United and England.

Currently, Sir Bobby Charlton holds both those records, but, Rooney is pretty close to him.

Sir Bobby scored a total of 249 goals for Manchester United, Rooney has already got 202. As far as international football is concerned, Rooney’s strike in England’s last World Cup qualifying game against Poland took his goal tally to 38 and now, he is only 11 goals behind Sir Bobby.

Rooney is just 27 years of age at the moment and if his fitness doesn’t deteriorate dramatically, he can easily break both the above mentioned records of Sir Bobby Charlton and that’s what David Moyes also had to say when he was asked whether Rooney will go past Sir Bobby.

Fans to decide Wayne Rooney future

England striker Wayne Rooney will decide his future at Manchester United by assessing the reaction of the home fans. The England talisman, who has been linked with a move away from the club throughout the summer, will leave it to the fans and the kind of reaction he gets from them in the next two matches before deciding whether to quit the club for greener pastures.

Rooney continues to be linked with a move away from the Theatre of Dreams and Chelsea have already registered their interest in the striker with a bid worth £ 20 million which has been turned down by the Premier League champions, who insists that their star striker is not for sale at any price. Several reports have linked Jose Mourinho to return with a second bid worth a whopping £ 40 million in the next couple of weeks.

Mourinho calm over pursuit of Wayne Rooney

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho expressed his satisfaction after his side hammered a select Indonesia XI 8-1 with almost none of his first team players on show on Thursday.

Following the win, Chelsea will return to London for the remainder of their pre-season training with no new development on their pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney for whom the Blues have already had a bid rejected, believed to be around £ 20 million.

The 27 year old England international was present at the Carrington Training Complex on Friday as he trained on his own to get back to full fitness ahead of United’s final match of their pre-season tour against AIK in Stockholm, Sweden while his teammates toiled hard to secure a 2-2 draw against J-League side Cerezo Osaka in Japan.

RUMOURS SURFACE AGAIN

The rumours linking star striker Wayne Rooney with a move away from Old Trafford have featured once again after the French club Paris St Germain admitted that the 27-year-old is one of the best in the world.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said that they really admire the quality of the striker, but they have not made any official approach with Manchester United. PSG are one of the strongest clubs in Europe when it comes to the transfer market due to the backing of the Qatari owners. The club has invested more than £ 200 million of their money in the transfer market over the last few seasons.

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