Rooney under pressure at Man Utd – Scholes say

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Former Manchester United Midfielder Paul Scholes has said pressure is on Wayne Rooney to perform after Anthony Martial helped the club claim a point at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

Martial, 19, scored his fifth goal for United and his first in the Champions League following his £36 million transfer from Monaco in the summer.

The France international headed home from Antonio Valencia’s cross on 65 minutes to clinch a valuable 1-1 draw for United in Group B, leaving the side in second with three matches to play.

Rooney, meanwhile, struggled to have an impact on the match, and Scholes is quoted by the Daily Mirror as telling BT Sport: “Martial is still a young player, he’s 19 years old, he didn’t come with the biggest reputation for being a really big goal scorer. I think the pressure is still on Wayne.

“When we [United] were at our best we had four strikers who could come in and score 25-30 goals. This team now doesn’t have that. There is a lot of pressure on him [Rooney].”

Martial gave away a first-half penalty for handball, the rebound of which was scored by Seydou Doumbia to make it 1-0 to CSKA Moscow.

Scholes said:

“Anthony Martial didn’t let his head go down, which can happen after the penalty and he scored a great goal. Then we pushed on and gave everything and couldn’t get the second goal which was a shame.”

The 40-year-old was also unimpressed with United’s attacking playing, adding: “You look at the United team, there is no quality, no movement. People are not running. Is it the way they are told to play?

“It’s all safety playing across the pitch. I can’t remember a pass in to Wayne Rooney. There is no movement.

“You’ve got midfield players who can run — Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingaard, Anthony Martial — stick the ball into Rooney and run but there’s not one of them even thinking of running.”

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