Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney has told Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag to focus on getting “energy” on the pitch against bitter rivals Liverpool, even if it does come at the expense of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The D.C. United manager feels that his former team-mate looked unfit during the Red Devils’ shocking 4-0 loss at Brentford last time out, which saw them fall to the bottom of the table for the first time in 30 years.
The club legend, who became the club’s all-time record scorer between 2004 and 2017, has told The Times: “I wouldn’t play Cristiano Ronaldo, and I wouldn’t play Marcus Rashford.
“If I was in Ten Hag’s position my main concern would be getting energy on the pitch, and United’s failure to recruit a number nine means they relied on Ronaldo against Brentford, even though he hadn’t trained a lot with the team.
“He looked like he needs time to get match fit. Ten Hag needs energy from his side and that may mean dropping Ronaldo.”
Rooney doesn’t think that Marcus Rashford should make the starting XI on Monday night either and says his recent form should be a “real concern” for Ten Hag going forward.
Rooney added on Rashford’s struggles: “As for Marcus, I think he needs to do a lot of soul-searching and figure out what he wants, for his own good, before anything else.
“Because watching him is a real concern, he looks like he wants to be anywhere but on a football pitch.”