Wayne Rooney admits he doesn’t have much sympathy for ‘privileged’ Marcus Rashford as he suggests how he can improve


Wayne Rooney hopes Marcus Rashford can ‘find some form and consistency’ following a tough season.

The Manchester United and England forward released an open letter via The Players’ Tribune at the end of last month, addressing those doubting his commitment to the shirt.

Rooney gave an honest assessment of Rashford's situation


Rooney gave an honest assessment of Rashford’s situationCredit: TNT Sport

He also held his hands up over making mistakes in the past amid a recent controversy that saw him jet off to Belfast for a night out before withdrawing from a training session the following day.

It’s been a tough campaign for the Red Devils academy product on the field too, with him scoring just six goals and providing six assists in 33 games, a tally much lower than last term’s.

But for his former teammate Rooney, Rashford needs to be doing better given the position he’s in regardless of everything going on.

The Red Devils legend joined TNT Sport for Man United’s clash against Everton – which is exclusively live on talkSPORT.

When asked if he had sympathy for Rashford, he said: “Not much. If I’m being honest.

“He’s in a privileged position where he’s playing for Manchester United. I’ve said before, he’s the one player I believe can beat my goalscoring record.

“I hope he does because he’s a Manchester lad, but he needs to hit some consistency.He’s not had the best of seasons.

“He needs to find some form and consistency.”

Rashford will have a point to prove against Everton


Rashford will have a point to prove against EvertonCredit: AFP

Fellow Man United legend and former teammate Rio Ferdinand, who was alongside Rooney, added: “When Wayne wasn’t in form, and there were moments, we all had that, the one thing he would fall back on is work ethic.

“He’d get around people and chase people, his performance would start lifting from that.”

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Rooney continued: “I don’t think Marcus is that sort of player, I don’t think he’s a leader and sometimes his body language isn’t the best.”

He does believe his fellow Man United stars should be doing more to help him up his game, though.

Ferdinand says Rooney had the mentality to pick himself back up


Ferdinand says Rooney had the mentality to pick himself back upCredit: GETTY

He said: “I look at Casemiro, Varane and Fernandes, as captain, they should be getting that out of Marcus. It’s up to teammates to get more out of you.”

“Some players need it throughout their career,” Ferdinand agreed. “Nani needed to be drilled every day. At half-time Wayne would scream at Nani to get the best out of him.

“His thing might be just running in behind. He’s one of the most lethal players, he’s so quick and his timing is good.

“He needs to scream at Bruno to give him the ball and be aggressive in that nature.

“He needs to look at someone with those steely eyes and say ‘give me the ball’.”

Man United went 1-0 within the opening 12 minutes as James Tarkowski brought Alejandro Garnacho down in the box, leading Bruno Fernandes to put his side ahead from the penalty spot.



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