Man United legend Lou Macari has suggested that Wayne Rooney’s goalless start to the new season is down to the fact that he is carrying too much weight, the Daily
“Some take a few games to get going because they may have put on a few pounds over the summer and I’d probably put Wayne in that category,” he explained.
However, Macari – who played 329 times for the Red Devils – believes that the skipper will be back firing, and just needs to get some confidence back in his game (via Express).
“Confidence is a big thing. When he gets a couple of goals his confidence will come back and we will see the player we have seen season after season,” he added.
The England captain has perhaps been a little unlucky in that the expectation of goalscoring has fallen solely on his shoulders following the summer departures of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.
While the 29-year-old has 185 strikes to his name in the top flight, and is thus only behind Andy Cole and Alan Shearer on the list of the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorers, it is safe to say that his game has been about much more than just putting the ball in the net.
Last season, when Louis van Gaal’s side were struggling for form, Rooney was often seen tracking back to help his teammates win the ball back, and still finished as the team’s highest goalscorer.