After 13 years of immaculate service, Wayne Rooney decided to leave Manchester United and come back home to his boyhood club Everton.
Rooney immortalized himself at Manchester United, as he became the all time goal scorer for the club and won everything trophy there is to win at Old Trafford.
But age started to catch up with the Englishman, as his productivity slowly started to decline over the last couple of years. The goals dried up and he was no longer able to influence matches like he used to.
Which is why all said and done, Rooney’s move back to Everton is good for all parties.
But Rooney has recently spoken out against his former team mates in an interview. He criticizes the new players that have come into the squad, and mentions the falling standards at Manchester United.
This comes as a surprise!
It is no secret that Manchester United have been struggling ever since Sir Alex retired. The ill fated David Moyes tenure was followed by the Louis Van Gaal era.
Van Gaal had a mixed time at the club, as many people do not know whether to classify his time as a success or failure.
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Jose Mourinho’s arrival last season was supposed to signal a change, as the ‘Special One’ was supposed to take United back to the glory days.
So is Rooney right to criticize his old team mates?
Have the likes of Di Maria, Herrera, Ibrahimovic and Pogba not been up to Manchester United standards?
This is what Rooney had to say,
“There are standards that you have to keep when you are at United. That came from the manager Sir Alex Ferguson when I went to United and it was then passed down through the dressing room by the likes of Giggsy, Gary Neville and Scholesy.
“Over the last few years, it was down to me and Michael Carrick to keep the new players maintaining those standards.
“That became more difficult over the last few years, with some of the players who joined the club.””There are traditions at United that have to be maintained. It’s become harder, but that’s not my problem any more. I’m just ecstatic to be back at Everton.”