Those in glass houses shouldn’t cast the first stone, that’s what adults say – in that usual smug way – when reciting old-age adages to the ‘youth of today’. And never has one been truer than when discussing Manchester United’s, Wayne Rooney.
According to a report in The Sun, Jose Mourinho has told captain, Wayne Rooney, to stop moaning at his teammates, and instead focus on improving his own form – you imagine the England international was dusting away the crumbs of a Greggs sausage roll from his cheek during the chat with Mourinho.
Rooney was dropped/rested/kicked to the curb, whatever you want to call it, for Manchester United’s best performance in a long time, against Leicester City. And when your No.10, Mata, is joined by the young, exciting striker who will replace you at international level, Rashford, and world-record signing, Pogba, are all scoring and thriving in your absence, maybe it is time to look in the mirror.
There’s nothing that has not already been said about why Rooney is/isn’t performing, from whether it be the fact the former Everton teenager’s body is shot to bits having played solidly at the top flight of English football for over a decade, to Jose Mourinho not getting the best out of him.
It’s the failure to acknowledge that the 30-year-old is, just that, 30, so he’s hardly over the hill and totally useless. A spell on the sidelines to fully recover and recharge his batteries, will see Rooney in peak condition for United’s hectic Christmas period; Wazza Roo is still a huge asset to United.
Rooney's form warrants a spell out, always extreme reactions where he's concerned. Needs to adapt his game but still has something to offer.
— Lee Inman (@LeeInman4) September 24, 2016
It’s a sad decline and fall from grace for England’s record goalscorer, but the fact the media, United fans and rival supporters are acting like this was never going to happen – like it doesn’t happen to all footballers – is the saddest part.
Rooney is losing a battle, that we all do, with age; nothing can be done about it. So why should that allow people to happily undo his legacy? Undo his place as England’s greatest ever striker – and one of the Three Lions’ best ever players? Why does it then call into question his place in Manchester United’s hall of fame?
The way we build up, and then happily destroy players – and celebrities in general – is a disgrace; we build them up, in our minds, not because they asked us to, and we then drop them from a great height, when they can’t maintain the unobtainable goals we set them.
It’s quite clear Rooney’s no longer as useful of a ‘weapon’ to United as he used to be, but he deserves the respect that he was never given, because England, as a nation, has a mentality that would rather see people fail than thrive.