Juan Mata's mastery may push Wayne Rooney to Manchester United margins


I think it's ridiculous that at 30 years old, so many people are writing him off.

"He was the same, as in before the game when we're all getting ready", the defender said of Rooney.

It will make easy reading for United fans the world over after some dissident had been reported at the Old Trafford dressing room over Jose Mourinho's Methods.

And Fortune believes being dropped for Saturday's win over the Premier League champions may give the England star motivation to prove his doubters wrong.

"I think Wayne will come to enjoy the convenience of doing his job from a padded seat and it could even help extend his career for another few futile, depressing years until he has to move to some sort of bed". Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford, who could well be the next Wayne Rooney, is continuing his torrid pace in the Premier League and at his young age, there is no reason to deviate from his place in the starting XI.

What the Spaniard brings to a side that very few players in the league do is vision combined with the technique to execute it. Mata's touch is often flawless and he has the ability to nearly always play a first-time pass if needed.

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The amusing part of all this is that United's purchase of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund expected to be the catalyst for Rooney's eventual demotion.

The frank exchange of words is said to have come in training on the Monday after the 2-1 derby defeat to Man City earlier this month, wherein Rooney tore into the other players at half time for their abject performances. In effect, United has two No. 10s that are considerably better than Rooney in the vital role.

At striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is clearly the top choice. He came on as an 83rd-minute substitute for Rashford as Jose Mourinho's men eased to victory.

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The captain has been recognised as a player who can no longer lead United's attack, and has been used as the number 10 for quite some time now.

How much personal satisfaction Rooney drew from not being a factor in the victory is moot.