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‘Van Gaal Must Drop Awful Rooney’

Former Manchester United defender, Paul Parker, has insisted Louis van Gaal should drop Wayne Rooney, and play Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao upfront.

Parker, who played for United between 1991 and 1996, believes Rooney earns far too much to put in ‘awful’ performances like against Burnley.

"As for Wayne Rooney, he's been awful. There he was at Burnley this weekend, supposedly captaining the team,” he wrote in his Yahoo! Sport blog.

"But I saw a player interested only in himself, doing nothing to try and lift his game or inspire his team-mates.

“The only thing in any way remarkable about his performance is that he collects £300,000 a week to play that badly.

Parker insisted that Rooney is not as strong as Van Persie and Falcao, and - with Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata - Louis van Gaals also has better options in the hole.

“Once Van Persie is fully-fit again, Rooney must be the person to be dropped from United's new attacking line-up: for me, it'll be RVP and Falcao every time,” he added.

“And though there's lots of talk about him playing in the hole behind that front two, I think that'd be a huge mistake - why would you have Rooney there when Juan Mata or Angel Di Maria would do the job so much better?

“That'll leave Van Gaal with a big call to make: dropping Wayne Rooney.

“He's always shown in his career that he's not afraid of the big decisions.

"He showed it most recently with his goalkeeper substitution for the shoot-out at the World Cup, and he'll have to show it once again because the way things are looking there will be no place for Rooney in that starting line-up soon."

Do you think Louis van Gaal could drop his new captain to the bench? Have your say in the comment section below.

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