Sun 21 August 2022 | 10:33

Ten Hag should bench Ronaldo against Liverpool - Rooney

Rooney believes that the Dutch coach should bench his former teammate.

DC United

head coach Wayne Rooney believes that Erik Ten Hag should not use

Cristiano Ronaldo

in the match against



Manchester United

will host Liverpool on Monday night in the most critical match of the third week of the Premier League.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils have ended their previous two games in this competition with two defeats against Brighton and Brentford and are in a very critical situation. The controversy surrounding Ronaldo's decision to leave this club in the summer transfer window continues, and now Rooney criticized his former teammate decision.

In his column for The Sunday Times, Rooney wrote:

"The first priority is, against Liverpool, to just compete and have a go. Do that and the fans will accept it, even if United get beaten. Play like they did against Brentford, and United will suffer an even worse result than their 5-0 defeat by Liverpool last season.

"I don't expect that to happen, by the way – I can't see United winning, but I believe there'll be a reaction and they'll lose by the odd goal, or even snatch a draw.

"But I wouldn't play Cristiano Ronaldo, and I wouldn't play Marcus Rashford. If I was in Ten Hag's position my main concern would be getting energy on the pitch, and United's failure to recruit a No 9 means they relied on Ronaldo against Brentford, even though he hadn't trained a lot with the team. He looked like he needs time to get match fit.

"As for Marcus, I think he needs to do a lot of soul-searching and figure out what he wants, for his own good, before anything else. Because watching him is a real concern: he looks like he wants to be anywhere but on a football pitch. I haven't seen him smile on the field for a long time. His performances have dipped – he hasn't been selected by England for more than a year.

"I'm coming from a place of wanting the best for him. He's a lovely kid and a local lad who came through the ranks at United, who everyone wants to see doing well.

"But you look at the difference between Marcus now and when he first came into the team: the passion he showed, the smile on his face when he scored. It's night and day."

source: SportMob

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