Ex-United defender: Rooney is ‘overweight and slow’

Date published: Tuesday 16th August 2016 7:11

Ex-Manchester United defender and England international Paul Parker believes that Wayne Rooney is “overweight and slow”.

Speaking to 888.com, Parker claims that Rooney is set for a defining season, and must improve his fitness to survive at Old Trafford.

Rooney scored in United’s opening league fixture of the season at Bournemouth, but looked off the pace and cumbersome.

“This is a defining season for Rooney,” Parker told 888.com. “He needs to show his worth and that he deserves to be in the team and not just because of marketing.”

“If someone had only heard of Wayne Rooney but seen him now they’d think ‘Who is this fella? He’s overweight and slow. That shot was terrible, and it looks like he can’t move or shift his body quick enough.’”

“With Paul Pogba you do wonder when you look at his style of play for Juventus can he play that way for Manchester United? If he plays behind Ibrahimovic that puts Wayne Rooney in doubt and Rooney has to play – not that he deserves a place, but they have to play him. So it’s a difficult situation.”

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