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Rooney must improve or his Man United career is FINISHED, warns Champions League winner

first_imgDietmar Hamann believes Wayne Rooney could soon be facing the end of his Manchester United career.Rooney has found the net just once in the Premier League this season and has been the subject of stinging criticism for his performances, with many United fans claiming he is ‘finished’ at the top level.The 29-year-old’s immediate future at Old Trafford does not appear to be under threat, with manager Louis van Gaal continually offering his backing, and with four years still to run on his contract.But Hamann claims Van Gaal will lose faith in his captain if he does not start firing again quickly.The Champions League-winning former German international, speaking on the Colin Murray show, said: “His form has to improve.“There will be a time, if his form doesn’t improve, where the club won’t be happy and he won’t be happy and you have to come to a decision because you can’t keep a Rooney at your club on vast amounts of money if he is a bit-part player.“Van Gaal has backed him, he has done everything he could, but there will come a time when the manager will say, ‘listen mate, you can’t be in the starting XI’.“They have got a player in [Juan] Mata who I think is best suited to that position Rooney plays [behind the striker]. So, they have a perfect replacement in their squad [for Rooney] and, if he doesn’t improve, the manager will say somebody else has to play in his position.“From now until the end of the season, it will be a critical eight months. If his form doesn’t improve there may be a time sooner or later when Rooney himself wants a fresh challenge in a league that isn’t as demanding as the Premier League.”David Beckham has suggested Rooney could prolong his United career by dropping back into midfield.But his former Liverpool rival Hamann insists that is not an option for England’s record goalscorer.He said: “They have got a set-up there now with the likes of Mata, [Memphis] Depay and [Anthony] Martial up top which should bring out the best in him, but so far he hasn’t done it.“He has got a quick player ahead of him now which should suit him because it should give him more space to bring other players into goalscoing positions and score himself but, so far, he hasn’t done it.“I can’t see him dropping further back. Rooney can’t go any further back. This is as far back as he can go playing off one front man.“He has to play better and if he doesn’t soon, he will have a problem getting in the Man United team. He is best suited playing off a front man. If he can’t play there, he can’t play.”last_img

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