Give Rooney freedom and some time: Meulensteen

Manchester United FC

If you are a star player with lots of expectations from your manager, fans, and whole world you obviously come under performance pressure and if you fail to deliver, your confidence deteriorates to a new low and this is something that seems to be happening with Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney who has recently been struggling to recollect his form. Though, none of his bosses are showing any dislike over his lack of score yet it is easy to guess how things would have been going on behind the curtains. To overcome this pressure, even Rooney is doing his best by ignoring media rumors about his form. However, according to former club coach Rene Meulensteen, he should be given more time to heal his confidence and collect his form back which is a necessity for anyone facing the same problem. But English soccer is way too different than other parts of the world where you can enjoy freedom to deliver your best, here in central Europe; you need to deliver earlier than your competitor if you want to secure your place in the side.

Rooney could only secure two goals in last fifteen premier league games which is a shocking record for someone who is going to celebrate his twelve years long association with the Red Devils. His performance is affecting whole team badly and United had to leave its top board space within days staying on the top. Meulensteen said talking about the United show and how they are being impaired with skipper shoddy form, he said, “You can’t throw it all at Wayne himself, it’s a combination of a few things. Wayne is an adventurous player who likes to have freedom on the pitch, to roam around and get involved and find his own way to get into the game.

“I think at the moment he’s a little more restricted, he doesn’t always get the ball when he wants it and where he wants it. Manchester United are going through a transformation from the style Sir Alex Ferguson liked to play. He wanted to play with a lot of creativity, a lot of freedom and, at times, risk, but now under Louis van Gaal it’s much more calculated. It’s more about working your way up the pitch, it’s more laboured and more pedestrian.”

Defending Rooney, he added, “Wayne’s stats in the derby may have looked poor, but a lot of players’ stats also looked poor. But I do feel that he is not totally himself when I see him play at the moment.”