16 Oct 2016

Liverpool Starter? Hamann insists €29m outcast 'has to play' on Monday because he's a 'winner'

In recent weeks, Wayne Rooney has suffered the ignominy of been dropped by both Manchester United and England, but according to Reds legend Dietmar Hamann, starting Rooney against Liverpool is a no-brainer.

When asked this week about Rooney's chances of starting against Liverpool, Hamann insisted:

"He [Rooney] has to play. He is a big asset, and importantly he has the mentality of a winner. Getting dropped will hurt him and he will be champing at the bit to answer his critics".

Despite the mountains of criticism, it's not as if Rooney is failing to contribute. So far this season, he has chipped in with 5 goals/assists in 10 games, which is a decent return.

Rooney's career may be on the slide, but he's still capable of being a game-changer for Man Utd, and with that in mind, I obviously hope Jose Mourinho keeps him on the bench.

With 6 goals in 23 games, Rooney's goalscoring record against Liverpool isn't that great, but if he plays on Monday, he'll be one of the most motivated players on the field, and that spells danger for the Reds. For example, back in 2011, Rooney posted the following gloating tweet after scoring the winning goal against LFC (a goal that sealed Utd's 19th Prem title):

"A scouser knocks Liverpool of their perch. Haha. An Avertonian aswell. Yes. People. You can't imagine how happy I am tonight. Believe".

Imagine Rooney's response if he regains his place, and scores the winner on Monday. Keep him on the bench, Jose!


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