Niall Quinn Believes Wayne Rooney Can Still Be An Important Player For Manchester United As A ’Scorpion’ Not A ‘Crab’
Rooney’s career has hit a new low in recent weeks with the 31-year-old no longer a regular starter for club and country.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho dropped him for recent games against Leicester, Zorya Luhansk and Stoke before England boss Gareth Southgate benched him for the 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw with Slovenia last week.
Rooney has been tried in a midfield role with neither Mourinho or Southgate reaping the rewards.
But, despite his current troubles, Quinn believes that Rooney still has the ability to produce something spectacular.
“As a midfielder, Rooney is what people in the game refer to as a crab: he moves things sideways,” he said
“He doesn’t give you the burst of acceleration or the cutting forward pass that cuts half the opposing team out of the picture in a stroke.
“A lot of good players have made great careers out of being crabs but being a crab is not Wayne Rooney’s nature. He is a scorpion. He still has that sting.