Wayne Rooney being overshadowed in Manchester United squad
Manchester United has a big piece to play since acquiring Robin van Persie in summer’s biggest transfer, and while Alex Ferguson looks forward to pairing him with Wayne Rooney, the manager believes that incase of the latter, he has a lot of other options to start at striker.
“Wayne has to get through that period now where he gets game time,’ said Alex Ferguson, adding that he still doesn’t know “where I am going in terms of what my partnership will be.”
Wayne Rooney just made his return in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle in the midweek of the League Cup. Additionally, up until now, Wayne has managed clock just 44 minutes along with Robin van Persie on the field.
However, neither has Wayne Rooney’s performance during Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat at Everton, or the victory over Fulham succeeded at persuading Alex Ferguson to view him as one of the starting strikers.
Moreover, during Wayne Rooney’s four game absence other forwards have stepped up to the challenge and that is exactly the sort of effort Alex Ferguson wants to see from players, to prove how “desperate” they are for the job.
“Being the kind of young lads they are, they are desperate to establish themselves in our first team,” stated Alex Ferguson. “That is what competition is.”
Alex Ferguson added that “competition” between the strikers “is always healthy" and he has been reportedly impressed by both, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck’s performances over the past few weeks. Alex Ferguson claimed that Javier Hernandez “has done nothing wrong” so far, and that he would rank the 21-year-old Danny Welbeck somewhere in Chicharito’s category.
“Danny is promising,” said Alex Ferguson, “and he has shown that with England.”
Manchester United lineup against Tottenham Hotspurs at Old Trafford this evening and hopefully Wayne Rooney will prove he worthy to start alongside Robin van Persie then. However, the scales have often weighed against Tottenham at Old Trafford, where the club recorded its last victory in December 1989. Since Tottenham has racked up 22 defeats out of 26 matches, that include nine consecutive defeats at Old Trafford.