Wayne Rooney still has a lot to offer for Manchester United, says Steve Bruce

Updated: October 26, 2016
Manchester United, Football

Manchester United legend Steve Bruce has backed Wayne Rooney to still play a big role at the club.

Rooney has come under criticism for his performances – with his dip in form having seen him drop to the bench.

But despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order, Bruce believes that the Red Devils captain is still an integral part of boss Jose Mourinho’s plans.

‘Wayne Rooney has been the best English player for the past decade,’ the newly-appointed Aston Villa manager told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT.

‘You just have to look at his goalscoring record to know that he is up there with the very, very best the world can offer.

‘I think Wayne has been a bit unfortunate. They have chopped and changed him around too often. Play him in his position as a centre-forward and he’s guaranteed to get you goals.

‘He has always produced if you play him in the top end of the pitch, but because people have used him in different areas I think he has suffered from that a little bit.

‘Make no mistake, he has been one of the great players and still is if you ask me. He’s still got a lot to offer.’

By Luke Augustus

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