Manchester United legend Gordon Hill has called for Louis van Gaal to drop Wayne Rooney for the good of the team; saying that the player is showing signs that he is past his best.
Speaking exclusively on the RetroUnited.com podcast, due for release soon, Hill slammed the striker who is closing in on two prestigious goal records. ‘I’m very concerned with Rooney,’ he said. ‘He’s past his best; we’re seeing that with his pace. He can’t take players on. He’s not an out and out striker. He’s been ineffective and it’s been that way ever since he signed his new contract. It should have been four or five to us the other night, but we kept with Rooney. It’s becoming an old song, and I don’t like the old song.’
Louis van Gaal said last September, ‘Only the captain has more privileges but no other player has privileges I think. Every player knows that because you see how I manage my teams – my captain shall always play and normally the goalkeeper.’
This indicates that Rooney will maintain his position in the side and that will be to the detriment of United’s chances, says Hill.
‘If Rooney is untouchable then that means we’re stuck in the mire when we should be giving someone else a chance,’ he said.
United have been linked with moves to strengthen their front line but the mooted transfer for Pedro looks to have gone awry, with the player moving to Chelsea. Hill feels that Pedro doesn’t fit the profile of what the Red Devils need, and has identified the player they should sign.
‘We don’t need Pedro, he’s a winger and we have enough of them. Break the bank for Harry Kane, he’s young, enthusiastic. He’ll mix it with anybody.’