Pundit makes ludicrous Rooney Man Utd midfield claim

Date published: Friday 3rd January 2020 11:11

Former Arsenal winger Perry Groves believes Manchester United would be a better team with Wayne Rooney in midfield.

The 34-year-old former England captain made a winning start to his Derby County career on Thursday night – earning praise from his manager Phillip Cocu after making his debut in the starting line-up as captain.

United’s all-time leading goalscorer got an assist in a fine performance in a 2-1 win over Barnsley.

And Groves was so impressed with what he saw that he is convinced the former United striker would walk into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggling side, who lost 2-0 to the Gunners on New Year’s Day.

Asked if Rooney would improve Man United’s current midfield, Groves told talkSPORT: “Yes. Undoubtedly. He would, 100 per cent.

“He’s better than Fred and he’s better than [Nemanja] Matic. Is he better than Lingard? I’m better than Lingard!

“Wayne Rooney is that good, he can still play in that United team.

“He reminds me of Paul Scholes. He used to be a player who got in the box, then as he got older he had to drop a bit deeper and started being the playmaker.

“Rooney can do that in a heartbeat. He would improve United, 100 per cent.”


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